Meaning of “vegetable” in the English Dictionary

"vegetable" in British English

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uk /ˈvedʒ.tə.bəl/ us /ˈvedʒ.tə.bəl/

vegetable noun (FOOD)

A1 [ C ] US informal veggie a plant, root, seed, or pod that is used as food, especially in dishes that are not sweet:

fresh/frozen vegetables
vegetable soup/stew/curry
fruit and vegetables
The potato is the most popular vegetable in this country.
In the winter we tend to eat more root vegetables, such as carrots and parsnips.
Raw vegetables contain more potassium than cooked ones.
a vegetable knife

More examples

  • He runs a fruit and vegetable stall in the market.
  • A traditional British main course consists of a meat dish with potatoes and other vegetables.
  • We don't have any fresh vegetables, only frozen peas.
  • Peppers are usually cooked with other vegetables or eaten raw in salads.
  • Trim off the leafy ends of the vegetable before cooking.


uk /ˈvedʒ.tə.bəl/ us /ˈvedʒ.tə.bəl/

(Definition of “vegetable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vegetable" in American English

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vegetablenoun [ C ]

us /ˈvedʒ·tə·bəl, ˈvedʒ·ɪ·t̬ə-/

a plant that is used as food, or the part of a plant, such as a root, stem, or flower, that is used as food:

For vegetables, we eat a lot of broccoli, spinach, and corn.

A person may be called a vegetable if the person is completely unable to move and to react, usually because of brain damage.

(Definition of “vegetable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)