from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who normally maintains a vegetarian diet but occasionally makes exceptions and eats meat or fish.
  • adj. Of or relating to a diet that is primarily vegetarian but includes meat or fish on occasion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being a flexitarian.
  • adj. Being what a flexitarian might eat.
  • n. One who is usually or primarily vegetarian, but who is not strictly so.


flexi(ble) + (vege)tarian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of flexible and vegetarian. (Wiktionary)



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  • "I am a flexitarian (only a few months now): omnivore one week, strict vegetarian (vegan eating habits) the next week."
    - user Gemgoddess,, 1 Nov 2009.

    November 1, 2009

  • Wordie user yoshiyahu is flexitarian (according to his Wikipedia profile page).

    November 11, 2008

  • Flexitarianism is a term used in the United States to describe the practice of eating mainly vegetarian food, but making occasional exceptions for social, pragmatic, cultural, or nutritional reasons.

    November 27, 2007