Definition of vegetarian in English:

vegetarian

noun

  • A person who does not eat meat or fish, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

    • ‘Most people assume that vegetarians are really healthy people, but I'm most definitely not.’
    • ‘There are potentially as many reasons for becoming a vegetarian as there are vegetarians in the world.’
    • ‘Many people who are not vegetarian do not even notice the lack of choice for vegetarians.’
    • ‘However, vegetarians are exerting a growing global influence and simply cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘For vegetarians who feel that side dishes simply don't make the cut, there are other options.’
    • ‘There were interesting options for the vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.’
    • ‘They are vegetarians because they believe it is cruel to kill animals to eat them.’
    • ‘The menu was extensive - there is something for everyone, including vegetarians.’
    • ‘There is often concern that school-age vegetarians don't get enough protein.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, I'm more than happy to cook for vegetarians.’
    • ‘And vegetarians appear to be at no greater risk of iron deficiency than non-vegetarians.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when vegetarians were limited to a choice of mushroom omelette or nut cutlet when they dined out.’
    • ‘Remember that this recipe would be ideal for vegetarians if you used vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.’
    • ‘This would be a great place for vegetarians, as there was a vast amount of dishes offered without meat.’
    • ‘Even vegetarians and vegans are not safe from the food scare epidemic.’
    • ‘Food was available but for vegetarians such as myself it was chips or a cheese and onion pasty for £3.50.’
    • ‘Fears about mad cow and other meat diseases no doubt encourage many new vegetarians.’
    • ‘The British Medical Association states vegetarians have lower rates of cancer, stroke and heart disease.’
    • ‘They are taught to give up their meat-eating ways and to become vegetarians.’
    • ‘Because vegetarians eat less protein, they need less calcium to provide the same ratio.’

adjective

  • Relating to vegetarians or vegetarianism:

    ‘a vegetarian restaurant’
    • ‘Her philosophy revolves around the preparation of organic vegetarian food.’
    • ‘Here are a few innovative and delicious vegetarian recipes to tickle the palate.’
    • ‘It's pretty easy to get vegetarian food there as you choose what you want to put in your bowl yourself and then they cook it for you.’
    • ‘Her books are a must buy for every housewife who enjoys simple South Indian vegetarian fare.’
    • ‘These studies show that a low-fat, vegetarian diet has a clear advantage over other diets.’
    • ‘Sales of vegetarian burgers have increased 139 percent in the past five years.’
    • ‘It's a 100 mile round trip but decent vegetarian restaurants are few and far between.’
    • ‘I have never met a chef who enjoys cooking vegetarian food, it confuses them.’
    • ‘Joan had made a very tasty vegetarian dish with broccoli in a remarkable sauce and a crumble topping with roast almonds.’
    • ‘There are always one or two vegetarian selections among the five or so dishes on the list.’
    • ‘In fact, I had completely forgotten that we were eating in a vegetarian restaurant.’
    • ‘Since Chinese vegetarian food does not use too much oil or spices, it is light on the stomach.’
    • ‘They caught on that we were mostly vegetarians so they ordered us lots of yummy vegetarian dishes.’
    • ‘Often the vegetarian option in a restaurant is much cheaper than the equivalent meat option.’
    • ‘The food is organic vegetarian Mediterranean and Asian, made using local produce.’
    • ‘There is a good choice of soups, salads, side dishes and fine vegetarian dishes.’
    • ‘The menu had a whole page of vegetarian recipes, another of fish dishes, and finally one of meat.’
    • ‘But if there is to be vegetarian food on the table it must be just as special as that for the carnivores.’
    • ‘There are lots of vegetarian recipe books available, and supermarkets sell a wide range of vegetarian meals.’
    • ‘There aren't many vegetarian restaurants in this city, and not everyone can afford them.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

vegetarian

/vɛdʒɪˈtɛːrɪən/