vegan

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

Definition of vegan 

: 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)

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vegan adjective
vegan desserts a vegan restaurant
veganism \ˈvē-gə-ˌni-zəm, ˈvā-gə-, ˈve-jə- \ noun

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.

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Iron is found in meat, fish, and other animal products, plus beans and legumes, so vegans and vegetarians might be more likely to be low in iron. Jane Chertoff, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyebrows Are Thinner Than They Used to Be—and What to Do About It," 13 July 2018 Chef Makini Howell’s brainchild on wheels serves a seasonal menu of burgers and burger-adjacents all intended to appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s veggie burgers: Eating your vegetables never tasted this good," 3 July 2018 Creative pizzas and more with vegan and gluten-free options. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Flavors include apple, chocolate marshmallow, dulce de leche banana cream, lemon icebox, blackberry vanilla, pecan, tangerine custard and vegan and gluten-free chocolate lace. Sara Cagle, latimes.com, "Where to pick up pie for the Fourth of July," 27 June 2018 The menu – recently changed – is short but with plenty of options, including vegan and vegetarian picks, gumbos, sandwiches, and excellent salads. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 2018 Joy’s latest book, Beyond Beliefs, gets to the heart of the discomfort that Klein and many other vegans and vegetarians feel discussing veganism with meat-eating friends. Emily Heller, Vox, "Joy appeared on The Ezra Klein Show to talk about “carnism.”," 11 June 2018 The topic is: Shayna B's by the Sea, a vegan and gluten-free restaurant by owner/chef Christine Reed. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 1 May 2018 The menu has everything from stick-to-your-ribs comfort dishes to fresh vegan burgers and salads. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of vegan

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vegan

by contraction from vegetarian entry 1

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vegan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vegan

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

vegan

noun
veg·an | \ˈvē-gən; ˈvej-ən, -ˌan \

Medical Definition of vegan 

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

Other Words from vegan

vegan adjective
veganism \ˈvē-gə-ˌniz-əm, ˈvej-ə- \ noun

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