Meaning of “vegetarian” in the English Dictionary

"vegetarian" in British English

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vegetariannoun [ C ]

uk /ˌvedʒ.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us /-ˈter.i-/ UK informal veggie

B1 a person who does not eat meat for health or religious reasons or because they want to avoid being cruel to animals:

Of the four million people who have become vegetarians in this country, nearly two thirds are women.
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vegetarianism
noun [ U ] us uk /-ə.nɪ.zəm/

Vegetarianism is becoming more popular among young people.

vegetarianadjective

uk /ˌvedʒ.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us /-ˈter.i-/ informal veggie

B1 not eating or including meat:

vegetarian cooking/food
a vegetarian dish/meal
a vegetarian restaurant
She's recently gone/become vegetarian.

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

"vegetarian" in American English

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vegetariannoun [ C ]

us /ˌvedʒ·ɪˈteər·i·ən/

a person who does not eat meat for health or for religious or moral reasons:

Some vegetarians avoid eggs and dairy products as well as meat.
vegetarian
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌvedʒ·ɪˈteər·i·ən/

a vegetarian diet
vegetarianism
noun [ U ] us /ˌvedʒ·ɪˈteər·i·əˌnɪz·əm/

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