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[vee-guh n, vey-]
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  1. a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.
  2. a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.
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  1. of or relating to vegans or their practices: vegan shoes made of synthetic leather.
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Origin of vegan

1940–45; veg(etari)an
Related formsve·gan·ism, noun
Can be confusedvegan vegetarian
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  1. a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose
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Word Origin and History for veganism



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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