vegan

noun
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

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Five of the seven desserts from executive pastry chef Salvatore Martone are also gluten-free, and the ice cream is vegan. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Le Jardinier Goes After Manhattan's Power Dining Crowd," 14 June 2019 None of the products, which will hit shelves later this year, are vegan. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Even Tyson is getting in on the plant-based meat craze. But it's not what you think," 13 June 2019 Cooking demonstrations, speakers and a kids’ zone will entertain and educate about the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a vegan lifestyle. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit - week of April 22 and beyond," 24 Apr. 2018 The vegan lifestyle goes beyond food and includes shunning all animal byproducts, like leather and fur. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle brings health benefits," 4 Apr. 2018 Carter’s life outside of the NFL continues to center around the vegan lifestyle. Priya Desai, SI.com, "From Six Double Hamburgers To Mac And (Cashew) Cheese: A Former NFL Lineman Embraces Veganism," 15 Jan. 2018 The perception of vegan cuisine is often tainted and difficult to translate through certain cultures. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Farm-to-table classroom: Phoenix's newest vegan restaurant is run by children," 21 June 2019 The fast-food chain, known for its Pat LaFrieda beef and crinkle cut fries, is watching the vegan burger trend that’s been turbocharged by Beyond Meat Inc.’s massive post-IPO stock rally. Craig Giammona, latimes.com, "Shake Shack holds back on vegan burger, not sure if fake meat is more than a fad," 21 June 2019 The rats turn their old gallery into a vegan doughnut shop. Wes Marfield, The New Yorker, "Pixar Movies for Grownups," 21 June 2019

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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 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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