[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. veg out,
  2. vega,
  3. vega alta,
  4. vega baja,
  5. vega, garcilaso de la,
  6. vegeburger,
  7. vegemite,
  8. vegetable,
  9. vegetable butter,
  10. vegetable cellar

Origin of vegan

1940–45; veg(etari)an

Related formsve·gan·ism, noun

Can be confusedvegan vegetarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vegan


/ (ˈviːɡən) /


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper