Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for vegan
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Just then a vegan girl, blue-skinned and fantastically wasp-waisted like all her kind, drifted over to Ramsey.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • “Not to look for trouble,” the vegan girl said in a frightened voice.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • There was a description of himself, a description of the vegan girl, and a wanted bulletin issued on them.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • Margot Dennison looked at the frightened vegan girl and smiled.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • The man was wearing vegan clothes, but he wasn't Bart's father.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vegan

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vegan

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for vegan