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)

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Other Words from vegan

vegan adjective
vegan desserts a vegan restaurant
veganism \ ˈvē-​gə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce veganism (audio) , ˈvā-​gə-​ How to pronounce veganism (audio) , ˈve-​jə-​ How to pronounce veganism (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’s always a vegan option, such as sweet potato coconut curry over rice. Beth D'addono,, "Cristina Quackenbush serves Filipino food and more with her Milkfish pop-up," 10 Aug. 2020 Waverly’s seitan and the whole idea of a vegan chili. Dalene Rovenstine,, "Wynonna Earp recap: Purgatory goes under Cleo law," 10 Aug. 2020 Some chocolate is vegan, but much of it contains dairy milk. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "The ethics of a vegan diet," 9 Aug. 2020 Use vegan meat substitutes like Beyond Meat spicy Italian sausage, soyrizo or cooked, crumbled extra-firm tofu. cleveland, "The best meal is made with the freshest ingredients of summer," 5 Aug. 2020 Lil Nas X is the app's first breakout artist, and its most recognized pedagogue around self-improvement, Tabitha Brown, is a Black mother and vegan from North Carolina. Jason Parham, Wired, "TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface," 4 Aug. 2020 Like flaxseed, chia seeds are a healthy vegan egg alternative full of fiber and omega-3s. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Vegan Egg Substitutes for Every Type of Recipe," 3 Aug. 2020 These vegan bath bombs are a great way to get your kids excited to hop in the tub. Popular Science, "Bath bomb sets for a luxurious soak," 3 Aug. 2020 Stem & Glory, a vegan restaurant, is another of the recipients, according to the company's website. CNN, "The British government is investing in a sex party startup," 29 July 2020

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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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14 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vegan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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)


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

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