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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Intrepid Travel is jumping on the vegan wagon by offering three new trips for 2019 dubbed Vegan Food Adventures. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 The entire Zodiac Collection is cruelty-free, but nine of the 12 shades are also vegan. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Super-Shimmery Zodiac Makeup Collection," 12 July 2018 There's a farm-to-fork focus, including horchata made with organic rice grown in Lincoln, and vegan options soon to join a menu that's more vegetarian than the taqueria. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 Ultimately, Hynde says her music is a means to pursue other passion projects, including a book the onetime vegan restaurant owner is writing about cow protection and non-slaughter farming as a solution for soil degradation. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde talks new projects, her take on #MeToo, before Milwaukee show," 5 July 2018 Within the last year, Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre went from painting bathrooms in a hipster coffee shop, the exterior of a gritty local bar and a school bus outside of a vegan cafe to a playground for toddlers. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Young At Art opens new early childhood playground," 3 July 2018 Another worry — sausage wielding neo Nazis at vegan cafes in Russia. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 All those #icecreams — black charcoal ice creams, pastel vegan ice creams, ice cream tacos in lurid colors, kids and cones — show really well in our hyper-visual world. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 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

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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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