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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.
1940-45; veg(etari)an
Related forms
veganism, noun
Can be confused
vegan, vegetarian. Unabridged
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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
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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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