Definition of vegetarian in English:


Syllabification: veg·e·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌvejiˈte(ə)rēən


  • A person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.
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    • There are potentially as many reasons for becoming a vegetarian as there are vegetarians in the world.
    • Remember that this recipe would be ideal for vegetarians if you used vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.
    • Even vegetarians and vegans are not safe from the food scare epidemic.


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  • Of or relating to the exclusion of meat or other animal products from the diet: a vegetarian restaurant
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    • There aren't many vegetarian restaurants in this city, and not everyone can afford them.
    • It's a 100 mile round trip but decent vegetarian restaurants are few and far between.
    • In fact, I had completely forgotten that we were eating in a vegetarian restaurant.
    meatless, meat-free, no-meat; vegan
    informal veggie



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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  • Most of the arguments that deal with vegetarianism are based on personal morals, which means that there will never be a right or wrong answer.
  • However, while the West is embracing vegetarianism, developing countries have been going the other way.
  • This food crisis has set me thinking about vegetarianism.


mid 19th century: formed irregularly from vegetable + -arian.

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