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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Other Words from vegan

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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If that’s not enough for the conscious consumer in your life, Paprcuts watches are sustainably sourced, recyclable, vegan, and fair-produced. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Tyvek Time? These Watches Are Made of Recycled Home Wrap," 13 Nov. 2018 But there is something comforting and convenient about these little local shops, and that’s exactly why Nicole Berrie wanted to create her own version for those who are eating green and following a vegan diet. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 The trips – in India, Thailand and Italy – are aimed at culinary-minded travelers who are already on a vegan diet or who would like to try it out. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 But then, Loibl also began a physical transformation: Lasik eye surgery, wisdom teeth removal, hair plugs and a vegan diet, which caused him to lose about 50 pounds. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: THE MURDER OF A RISING STAR," 19 June 2018 During spring training, he was asked about Mike Fiers going on a vegan diet. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' unexpected start to season is a pleasant surprise," 9 Apr. 2018 Australian beauty brand Inika Organic might be a prize find for women of many ethnicities who want their beauty products clean, vegan and toxin-free. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Spruce up your spring wardrobe with these standout fashion and beauty items," 22 Mar. 2018 To get the most of the flavors, order a range of dishes to share with your group (there's plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options, too). Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Miami," 2 Mar. 2018 In attempt to improve her help, Kim has also adopted a vegan alkaline diet. Kayla Keegan, Redbook, "Girl Trying to Buy A Used Blender For Her Mom With Cancer Gets The Most Touching Surprise In Return," 10 Aug. 2015

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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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