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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Next up: Bolt’s latest innovation is Mylo, a vegan leather made from mushrooms. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 Menus catering to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free will be identifiable at the OrlandoMagicalDining.com website. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magical Dining Month menus for 2018 revealed," 12 July 2018 In April, White Castle added the option to switch for a vegan Impossible Burger on any of their sliders. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "KFC Plans to Test Out Vegetarian Fried Chicken in the U.K.," 6 June 2018 Each savory recipe deploys honest ingredients and a few perfectly accessible cooking sleights-of-hand to achieve an umami-rich depth that everyone from carnivores to raw vegans can’t help but hanker for. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 Here are my top picks for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free folks. Jared Bajkowski, kansascity, "Restaurant Week’s vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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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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