What does vegetarian mean?

Definitions for vegetarian
ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i ənveg·e·tar·i·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vegetariannoun

    eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products


  1. vegetariannoun

    A person who does not eat animal flesh, or, in some cases, animal products.

  2. vegetariannoun

    An animal that eats only plants; a herbivore.

  3. vegetarianadjective

    Of or relating to the type of diet eaten by vegetarians (in all senses).

  4. vegetarianadjective

    Of a product normally made with meat, having non-meat substitutes in place of meat.

  5. Etymology: ; popularized following 1847 foundation of British.


  1. vegetarian

    Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, insects, and the flesh of any other animal). It may also include abstaining from eating all by-products of animal slaughter.Vegetarianism may be adopted for various reasons. Many people object to eating meat out of respect for sentient animal life. Such ethical motivations have been codified under various religious beliefs as well as animal rights advocacy. Other motivations for vegetarianism are health-related, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic, economic, taste-related, or relate to other personal preferences. There are many variations of the vegetarian diet: an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products, an ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs but not dairy products, and a lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but not eggs. As the strictest of vegetarian diets, a vegan diet excludes all animal products, and can be accompanied by abstention from the use of animal-derived products, such as leather shoes. Maintenance of a vegetarian diet can be challenging. While avoidance of animal products may support health and ethical concerns, dietary supplements may be needed to prevent nutritional deficiency if all such products are shunned, particularly for vitamin B12. Packaged and processed foods may contain minor quantities of animal ingredients. While some vegetarians scrutinize product labels for such ingredients, others do not object to consuming them, or are unaware of their presence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vegetariannoun

    one who holds that vegetables and fruits are the only proper food for man. Strict vegetarians eat no meat, eggs, or milk

  2. Vegetarianadjective

    of or pertaining to vegetarianism; as, a vegetarian diet

Editors Contribution

  1. vegetarian

    To eat a diet of vegetables, plant food and an accurate and specific balance of other food groups to maintain human health.

    Their are many people who know choose to be vegetarian as they love animals so much.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of vegetarian in a Sentence

  1. Robb Walsh:

    As long as it has chile peppers in it, I have no beef with vegetarian chili.

  2. Amy Kimberlain:

    Maya Adam's important for kids to be monitored for their growth, regardless of their diet, a vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for all kids. The key is making sure that it is well planned out. With the help of a registered dietitian nutritionist, kids' growth can be monitored as well as their nutrients needs to ensure they are being adequately consumed.

  3. Mario Ziervogel:

    Earlier it was enough to have Bockwurst, Wiener or Knacker sausages. Now they are out of fashion. Then came Curry-Wurst with skin or skinless, then came chicken sausage. Then a customer came in and asked for a vegetarian sausage.

  4. Heywood Hale Broun:

    Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will turn vegetarian.

  5. Amy Kimberlain:

    The kids that were underweight both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian( groups) were similar and were younger in age and of Asian descent.

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  • نَباتيّArabic
  • vegetariana, vegetariàCatalan, Valencian
  • vegetarián, býložravec, vegetariánkaCzech
  • llysieuwr, llysieuwraigWelsh
  • planteæder, vegetarDanish
  • Vegetarierin, vegetarisch, Vegetarier, pflanzlich, PflanzenfresserGerman
  • χορτοφαγικός, φυτοφάγο, χορτοφάγοςGreek
  • vegetarano, vegetaranaEsperanto
  • vegetariano, vegetarianaSpanish
  • گیاهخوار, وژتارینPersian
  • kasvissyöjä, vegetaristi, kasvinsyöjäFinnish
  • herbivore, végétarienne, végétarienFrench
  • lusair, feòil-sheachnair, glasraichearScottish Gaelic
  • शाकाहारीHindi
  • növényevő, vegetáriánusHungarian
  • բուսակերArmenian
  • vegetarianIndonesian
  • grænmetisætaIcelandic
  • vegetarianoItalian
  • 菜食主義者, 草食の, ベジタリアン, 菜食主義の, 草食Japanese
  • 채식주의의, 채식주의자Korean
  • leoLatin
  • gruuensaeter, greunsaeterLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
  • veģetārs, veģetārietisLatvian
  • kaimangaMāori
  • вегетаријанец, вегетаријански, тревопасно, вегетаријанкаMacedonian
  • शाकाहारीNepali
  • vegetariër, herbivoor, vegetarischDutch
  • vegetarianerNorwegian
  • wegetariański, wegetarianin, roślinożerca, wegetariankaPolish
  • vegetariano, herbívoroPortuguese
  • ierbivor, vegetarian, vegetariană, vegetarialRomanian
  • травоядное, вегетарианец, вегетарианка, вегетарианскийRussian
  • bȉljožder, vegetarijánac, bȉljojēd, vegetrijanski, vegetarìjānkaSerbo-Croatian
  • vegetarisk, vegetarianSwedish
  • otçul, vejetaryen, etyemezTurkish
  • planifidaf, härbatiman, hihärbatiman, härbatimik, planijifidaf, jihärbatiman, planihifidafVolapük
  • וועגעטאַריערYiddish
  • Chinese

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