vegan

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noun veg·an \ˈvē-gən also ˈvā- also ˈve-jən or -ˌjan\

Definition of vegan

  1. :  a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals; also :  one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather)

vegan

adjective vegan desserts a vegan restaurant

veganism

play play play \ˈvē-gə-ˌni-zəm, ˈvā-gə-, ˈve-jə-\ noun

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The difference between vegetarian, vegan, and other diets

The word vegetarian sprouted up in 1839. Fruitarian ("a person who lives on fruit") ripened by 1893. In 1944, vegetarians who consume no animal or dairy products began calling themselves vegans. Then, in 1993, those who eat fish but no other meat chose pesce, the Italian word for "fish," to create the designation pescatarian. In that same year, meatatarian was served up as a word for those whose diet largely includes meat; that word is rare, however, and is usually used in informal and humorous ways, making it the type of fare not included in our dictionaries. Another fairly recent dietary word is flexitarian, a person who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.

Origin and Etymology of vegan

by contraction from 1vegetarian


VEGAN Defined for English Language Learners

vegan

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Definition of vegan for English Language Learners

  • : a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals and who often also does not use animal products (such as leather)


Medical Dictionary

noun veg·an \ˈvē-gən; ˈvej-ən, -ˌan\

Medical Definition of vegan

  1. :  a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products

vegan

adjective

veganism

\ˈvē-gə-ˌniz-əm, ˈvej-ə-\play play noun

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