A combination of flexible + vegetarian + -ism. The earliest known use of the term occurred in the October 17, 1992, issue of the Austin American-Statesman, article by Linda Anthony, Acorn serves up 'flexitarian fare'.
- (US) The practice of eating mainly vegetarian food, but making occasional exceptions for social, pragmatic, cultural, or nutritional reasons.
- (vegetarianism with occasional exceptions): semi-vegetarianism
The practice of eating mainly vegetarian with exceptions
- “Are you a 'flexitarian?'”, in (Please provide the title of the work), The Associated Press, 2004-03-16, retrieved 2007-12-03
- “2003 Words of the Year”, in (Please provide the title of the work), American Dialect Society, 2007-01-13, retrieved 2007-12-03
- Why flexitarian?
- Can You Be a Vegetarian and Still Eat Meat?