a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet.

1940–45; veg(etari)an

veganism, noun

vegan, vegetarian. Unabridged
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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 & History

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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Example sentences
Vegetarian and vegan options, tasty microbrews available.
Curry leaves make this vegan curry intensely aromatic.
Those who champion the low-fat vegetarian vegan diet have long made broad
  health claims for the regimen.
Supposedly it's all part of the great vegan conspiracy.
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