sei·​tan | \ ˈsā-ˌtan How to pronounce seitan (audio) , -ˌtän\

Definition of seitan

: flavored wheat gluten often used as a meat analogue

Examples of seitan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lots of sliced seitan, marinated in traditional Korean steak sauce, is pretty meaty in texture, and the peppers and onions are fine, but a surfeit of cashew cheese sauce make this Philly Cheese Steak wannabe less than fully successful. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Foodhisattva: The triumph of Asian fusion vegan comfort food for all," 3 Oct. 2019 Messenger bag chambray celiac vice seitan, tbh ugh bushwick hoodie woke. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "After Seattle Times alert flub inspires jokes on Reddit, Seattle musician creates hipster parody of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’," 21 Aug. 2019 As a restaurant, Upland FSQ will serve salads ranging from buffalo seitan (featuring nuggets supplied by fellow Fountain Square spot Three Carrots) and Cajun canteloupe. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Upland Fountain Square packs beer company's 'culture' into a single spot," 26 July 2019 The Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois company Upton's Naturals, which makes vegan products from seitan and jackfruit, sued Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Plant-based meat advocates sue Mississippi over labeling rules for "meat"," 3 July 2019 The food is meant to highlight veggies, McCusker said, meaning for now there also won’t be meat replacements like seitan and tofu. Anna Orso,, "This is what happens when a popular West Philly taco joint goes full vegan," 27 June 2018 Many of the sandwiches are made with seitan; toasts include avocado, sprinkled with red pepper flakes. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "11 restaurants in Milwaukee that offer vegetarian and vegan meals," 16 Jan. 2018 This tiny space next to the grocery store serves an impressive number of vegan and vegetarian breakfast and lunch plates for its size, making its own seitan for sandwiches to boot. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "11 restaurants in Milwaukee that offer vegetarian and vegan meals," 16 Jan. 2018 The menu changes often but runs to dishes like a starter of quinoa-sweet-potato-and-red-cabbage rolls, blanquette of seitan (chewy wheat protein) in sesame cream and rose-and-pistachio cake. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Montmartre," 15 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seitan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of seitan

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seitan

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about seitan

Statistics for seitan

Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for seitan

The first known use of seitan was in 1968

See more words from the same year

Comments on seitan

What made you want to look up seitan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


concealed or difficult to comprehend

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!