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)

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Examples of vegan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Where to Eat Wild Beets In Santa Gertrudis, Wild Beets draws inspiration from Ibiza’s hippie history with a contemporary vegan menu that could charm even a carnivore. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Also new this week is a vegan CBD Tincture ($75) that has 500 mg of CBD per bottle. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "CBD Brand Sunday Scaries Launches Vegan Tincture and Gummies," 2 Oct. 2018 All of California isn’t vegan with wild hair, just like all of Texas isn’t overly crazy conservative, southern or hick accents, riding horses and shooting armadillos. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Here's What Texas Stylists Have to Say About Ted Cruz's "Hair Dye" Comment," 10 Sep. 2018 In each destination, travelers will find hot spots for vegan meals and also get lessons in vegan cooking. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 Smaller snacks, like spam musubi and lumpia (vegan or porky), are a bargain, offering big flavor for five bucks or less. Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 On Magnolia, a passerby may spot a Range Rover parked in front of Craftwork Coffee, where two bearded men likely coiffed at the ever-popular Fort Worth Barber Shop step out for a vegan latte. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "As Homebuyers Flock In, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation," 17 Jan. 2019 Sure, going vegan is the most surefire way to decrease your carbon footprint—60 percent of agriculture’s massive greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy, and the sheer amount of livestock on the planet contributes to species die-offs. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 2019 There are so many reasons why folks of color go vegan. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vegan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vegan

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vegan

by contraction from vegetarian entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vegan

Dictionary Entries near vegan

Vega

Vega Alta

Vega Baja

vegan

Vegas

vegetable

vegetable bezoar

Statistics for vegan

Last Updated

20 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vegan

The first known use of vegan was in 1944

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vegan

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on vegan

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vegan

Spanish Central: Translation of vegan

Britannica English: Translation of vegan for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vegan

Comments on vegan

What made you want to look up vegan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by fawning attentiveness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!