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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a vegetarian diet (=that does not include any meat or fish)
vegetarian cookery
▪ More and more people are taking an interest in vegetarian cookery.
vegetarian cooking
▪ a book on vegetarian cooking
▪ One thing that worries parents about their children becoming vegetarian is that they might lack protein.
▪ I had even toyed with the idea of becoming a vegetarian.
a confirmed bachelor/atheist/vegetarian etc
▪ There a hybrid service takes place, to which even a confirmed atheist could hardly object.
born-again non-smoker/vegetarian etc
▪ Bangers and mash is said to be the thing many newly converted vegetarians miss, but now they need pine no longer.
▪ But the manufacturers of meat substitutes say vegetarians are a small niche in their target market.
▪ Furtive puff A model of good health at 35, the former Kathryn Dawn Lang is an outspoken vegetarian of long standing.
▪ Meanwhile the argument between the vegetarians and the farmers over who'd chickened out of the original challenge goes on.
▪ Other vegetarians are carving out new traditions by turning to turkey substitutes.
▪ They were vegetarians or, to be more accurate, herbivores.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vegetarian \Veg`e*ta"ri*an\, n. One who holds that vegetables and fruits are the only proper food for man. Strict vegetarians eat no meat, eggs, or milk.


Vegetarian \Veg`e*ta"ri*an\, a. Of or pertaining to vegetarianism; as, a vegetarian diet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1839, irregular formation from vegetable (n.) + -arian, as in agrarian, etc. "The general use of the word appears to have been largely due to the formation of the Vegetarian Society in Ramsgate in 1847" [OED]. As an adjective from 1849.


a. 1 Of or relating to the type of diet eaten by vegetarians (in all senses). 2 Of a product normally made with meat, having non-meat substitutes in place of meat. 3 (context of a person English) That does not eat meat. n. 1 A person who does not eat animal flesh, or, in some cases, animal products. 2 An animal that eats only plants; a herbivore.


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

Usage examples of "vegetarian".

Since all but me were vegetarians I had made a dinner of cream of spinach soup with steamed turnip tops, broccoli quiche, asparagus risotto, cauliflower cheese and a mixed salad.

Some of them were totally vegetarian, browsing on the sparse, chlorotic plant life that still grew in the dust-filtered twilight.

The diplodocus was a vegetarian, but it was easily trained to pick up smaller creatures and place them where demanded.

I haf known wise men wear sandals and efen practice vegetarian habits.

These people of the remote future were strict vegetarians, and while I was with them, in spite of some carnal cravings, I had to be frugivorous also.

They live in communities consisting of about a dozen individuals, and are strictly monogamous in their conjugal relations, and vegetarian, or rather frugivorous, in their diet, their favourite food being bananas.

The nervous system tends to become much more sensitive upon a vegetarian, especially fruitarian, diet, and people often attribute their increased nervousness and irritability to the diet when it is simply that they now react more quickly to poisons.

A vegetarian doctor called Senapios, for whom I had sent, gave me the sad news that I had a blind or incomplete fistula in the rectum, and according to him nothing but the cruel pistoury would give me any relief, and indeed he said I had no time to lose.

It takes a team of kids in India, Brandy says, four- and five-year-old kids sitting all day on wooden benches, being vegetarians, they have to tweeze out most of about a zillion gold threads to leave the pattern of just the gold left behind.

The intricate vegetarian cuisines of Japan, China, and India should make it obvious that when you eliminate most of the possibilities that nature offersall animal flesh, plus eggs and milk and nearly everything else that is white, including onions and garlicyou must show greater artistry in the kitchen rather than less.

Normal Belter cooking is almost vegetarian except for chicken and eggs.

In deference to Maxwell and Juliana, the cuisine was vegetarian: tofu, lentils, capellini with meatless marinara sauce.

As far as I could make out the Misses Tripp were vegetarians, theosophists, British Israelites, Christian Scientists, spiritualists and enthusiastic amateur photographers.

Effectiveness of a low-fat vegetarian diet in altering serum lipids in healthy premenopausal women: Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of unripe papaya.

She followed Portobello to its northernmost point, past a few sad-looking stands selling what looked to her like stuff that even the least choosy of bag ladies would be embarrassed to possess, past a vegetarian restaurant with a queue outside, past record shops with Rasta colors in the windows, past a falafel restaurant, under a bridge, and past a bustling market square filled with yet more painfully trendy people.