What does vegetable mean?

Definitions for vegetable
ˈvɛdʒ tə bəl, ˈvɛdʒ ɪ tə-veg·etable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vegetable, veggie, veg(noun)

    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

  2. vegetable(noun)

    any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower


  1. Vegetable(n.)

    A person who has permanently lost consciousness, due to damage to the brain, but remains alive; sometimes continued life requires support by machinery such as breathing tubes. Such a person is said to be in a vegetative state.


  1. vegetable(Noun)

    Any plant.

  2. vegetable(Noun)

    A plant raised for some edible part of it, such as the leaves, roots, fruit or flowers, but excluding any plant considered to be a fruit, grain, or spice in the culinary sense.

  3. vegetable(Noun)

    The edible part of such a plant.

  4. vegetable(Noun)

    A person whose brain (or, infrequently, body) has been damaged so that they cannot interact with the surrounding environment; a brain-dead person.

  5. vegetable(Adjective)

    Of or relating to plants.

  6. vegetable(Adjective)

    Of or relating to vegetables.

  7. Origin: (1350-1400) (adj.), from vegetabilis ("able to live and grow"), derived from vegetare ("to enliven")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vegetable

    of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable growths, juices, etc

  2. Vegetable

    consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable kingdom

  3. Vegetable

    plants having distinct flowers and true seeds

  4. Vegetable

    plants without true flowers, and reproduced by minute spores of various kinds, or by simple cell division

  5. Vegetable(noun)

    a plant. See Plant

  6. Vegetable(noun)

    a plant used or cultivated for food for man or domestic animals, as the cabbage, turnip, potato, bean, dandelion, etc.; also, the edible part of such a plant, as prepared for market or the table

  7. Origin: [F. vgtable growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere to quicken, arouse, to be lively, akin to vigere to be lively, to thrive, vigil watchful, awake, and probably to E. wake, v. See Vigil, Wake, v.]


  1. Vegetable

    In culinary terms, a vegetable is an edible plant or its part, intended for cooking or eating raw. In biological terms, "vegetable" designates members of the plant kingdom. The non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Apart from vegetables, other main types of plant food are fruits, grains and nuts. Vegetables are most often consumed as salads or cooked in savory or salty dishes, while culinary fruits are usually sweet and used for desserts, but it is not the universal rule. Therefore, the division is somewhat arbitrary, based on cultural views. For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables even though they are not biologically plants, while others consider them a separate food category; some cultures group potatoes with cereal products such as noodles or rice, while most English speakers would consider them vegetables. Some vegetables can be consumed raw, some may be eaten cooked, and some must be cooked to destroy certain natural toxins or microbes in order to be edible, such as eggplant, unripe tomatoes, potatoes, daylily, winter melon, fiddlehead fern, and most kinds of legume/beans. A number of processed food items available on the market contain vegetable ingredients and can be referred to as "vegetable derived" products. These products may or may not maintain the nutritional integrity of the vegetable used to produce them.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vegetable

    vej′e-ta-bl, n. an organised body without sensation and voluntary motion, nourished by roots fixed in the ground: a plant for the table.—adj. belonging to plants: consisting of or having the nature of plants: derived from vegetables.—adj. Veg′etal, of the nature of a vegetable: pertaining to the vital functions of plants and animals, as growth, reproduction, &c.—ns. Veg′etaline, a substitute for ivory, &c., made by treating woody fibre with sulphuric acid, mixing with various ingredients, and pressing into any required form; Vegetal′ity, vegetable character, the vegetal functions collectively.—adj. Vegetā′rian, pertaining to those who abstain from animal food: consisting of vegetables.—n. one who holds that vegetables are the only proper food for man.—n. Vegetā′rianism, the theory and practice of a vegetarian.—v.i. Veg′etāte, to grow by roots and leaves: to sprout: to lead an idle, aimless life.—n. Vegetā′tion, process of growing, as a plant: vegetable growth: plants in general.—adj. Veg′etātive, growing, as plants: producing growth in plants: pertaining to unconscious or involuntary bodily functions as resembling the processes of vegetable growth: without intellectual activity, unprogressive.—adv. Veg′etātively.—n. Veg′etātiveness.—adj. Vegete (vej′ēt), vigorous.—n. Veg′etive (Shak.), a vegetable.—Vegetable kingdom, that division of natural objects which embraces vegetables or plants; Vegetable marrow, the fruit of a species of gourd, so called from its marrow-like appearance; Vegetable mould, mould consisting mostly of humus; Vegetable physiology, that department of botany which treats of the growth and functions of plants. [O. Fr.,—Low L. vegetabilis, animating—L. vegetāre, to quicken—vegēre, to be lively; akin to vigēre, to be vigorous. Cf. Vigour.]

Editors Contribution

  1. vegetable

    A type of cultivar, plant, food and seed.

    Vegetables are grown worldwide in various colors and species.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2017  

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'vegetable' in Nouns Frequency: #1460

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of vegetable in a Sentence

  1. Heather Francis:

    Simply cutting down processed food intake and increasing fruit, vegetable( s) and fish resulted in improvements in depression symptoms.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

  3. Hannah Gavios:

    It was pitch black and before I knew it, I was in midair falling off a cliff. I was honestly thinking I wouldn’t survive, i hit my head a few times and landed with a big bump. I was screaming in pain. It was the most painful thing ever. I felt like a total vegetable. I felt completely vulnerable. I couldn’t move anything.

  4. Johnny Wowk:

    Organic Broccoli is the fountain of youth vegetable - Johnny Wowk AKA Johnny The Walker

  5. Robin Foroutan:

    You do lose fiber in fruit and vegetable juices, and that results in juices having the ability to spike your blood sugar in a more dramatic way than if you ate the actual fruit or vegetable.

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