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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Consider the astonishing lengths to which food scientists are now going to replicate the texture of meat in vegan burgers such as the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Textures That Delight and Disgust," 21 Feb. 2019 Five sandwiches include a chicken schnitzel ($18) and an Impossible vegan burger loaded with Turkish spices ($19). Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 Menu: Breakfast all day, $5-$7; lunch $7-$11, plus salads, soups and vegan burger. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Here's a guide to Charlotte's 8 best urban markets | Charlotte Observer," 20 Feb. 2018 McDonald’s has been making a series of recent changes to its stores to lure back customers who have drifted to fast food competitors, including using fresh beef, moving away from antibiotics in its chicken, and offering a menu option for vegans. Chris Morris, Fortune, "McDonald's Plans Environmental Push to Help Boost Its Image," 16 Jan. 2018 Beyond mainstream services such as Blue Apron, there are meal kits for vegans and meal kits for dieters; kits featuring Thai food and kits that highlight dessert. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Nonprofit’s New Recipe for Meal Kits: Keeping Them Affordable," 30 Apr. 2019 The menu is packed with vegan and vegetarian options, and the food is fragrant, colorful, and loaded with spices. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 Handmade on Bainbridge Island, this summery bag is vegan and eco-friendly. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Retro-chic bag is gentle on the earth," 18 July 2018 There are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, too. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?," 8 May 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 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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