veg·​an | \ ˈvē-gən How to pronounce vegan (audio) also ˈvā- How to pronounce vegan (audio) also ˈve-jən How to pronounce vegan (audio) or -ˌjan How to pronounce vegan (audio) \

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)

Other Words from vegan

vegan adjective
vegan desserts a vegan restaurant
veganism \ ˈvē-​gə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce vegan (audio) also  ˈvā-​gə-​ How to pronounce vegan (audio) or  ˈve-​jə-​ How to pronounce vegan (audio) \ 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.

Examples of vegan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a tofu and mushroom yellow curry topped with bamboo shoots, Thai basil and cilantro oil; a snow mushroom and fried tofu salad; meatless fried rice; and the summer rolls, one of the standout small plates, are 100 percent vegan. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 27 July 2022 All the food on the menu is meatless and most of it is vegan. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 23 July 2022 That is why Avaline is committed to globally sourcing its grapes from organic farms and ensuring its wine is vegan. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 This part was especially difficult for Nehemiah, who is a vegan and hadn’t eaten any meat in 15 years. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 6 July 2022 Many dishes, like the Tivoli Cauliflower wrap, are vegan. Brad Johnson, Bon Appétit, 1 July 2022 This vegan restaurant is said to be the first of its kind in West Virginia. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Highland Heights vegan restaurant Birch Cafe will supply Mardi Gras favorites, made without any animal products on March 1. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2022 Jessica Seinfeld is working on eating vegan most of the time. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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veg·​an | \ ˈvē-gən; ˈvej-ən How to pronounce vegan (audio) , -ˌan How to pronounce vegan (audio) \

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 How to pronounce vegan (audio) , ˈvej-​ə-​ How to pronounce vegan (audio) \ noun

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