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[vee-guh n, vey-] /ˈvi gən, ˈveɪ-/
a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.
a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.
of or relating to vegans or their practices:
vegan shoes made of synthetic leather.
Origin of vegan
1940-45; veg(etari)an
Related forms
veganism, noun
Can be confused
vegan, vegetarian. Unabridged
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  • “Not to look for trouble,” the vegan girl said in a frightened voice.

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  • Margot Dennison looked at the frightened vegan girl and smiled.

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  • The man was wearing vegan clothes, but he wasn't Bart's father.

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  • "Oh, I didn't mean you in particular," the vegan said with a negligent wave.

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  • But from what you say, I'd rather be in bed with a rattler than have a treaty with a vegan.

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British Dictionary definitions for vegan


a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vegan

1944, from vegetable (n.) + -an; coined by Donald Watson to distinguish those who abstain from all animal products (eggs, cheese, etc.) from those who merely refuse to eat the animals.

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