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.


  1. vegetarian

    A vegetarian is a person who does not consume or avoids consumption of meat and other animal products, specifically focusing on a diet of grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Some vegetarians may consume dairy products or eggs. This lifestyle or dietary choice may be motivated by several factors including health, environmental, ethical views, or dislike of meat.

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. Paul McCartney:

    If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian.

  2. Ashwani Lohani:

    It also eliminates the possibility of mix-up: a non-veg meal getting served to a vegetarian passenger, as it had happened a few times in the past.

  3. Krish Jagirdar:

    Like many Indian-Americans who grew up vegetarian, we had limited access to the' fun' fast food, so Taco Bell became a bridge to belonging in American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant households.

  4. 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.

  5. Uma Valeti:

    Cultivated meat is real meat grown directly from animal cells, these products are not vegan, vegetarian or plant-based -- they are real meat, made without the animal.

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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
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