Definition of vegan in English:



  • A person who does not eat or use animal products.

    ‘I'm a strict vegan’
    • ‘Strict vegans should look for fortified foods, and take a vegetarian B12 supplement.’
    • ‘There is a spa menu with wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan options.’
    • ‘This recipe is ideal for lactose-intolerant people, vegetarians and vegans.’
    • ‘Marmite-lovers, particularly vegetarians and vegans, benefit from its high vitamin B content, vitamins that are mainly found in foods of animal origin.’
    • ‘It prides itself on not using genetically-modified food and uses organic products where possible, while also catering for vegans and those on wheat-free diets.’
    • ‘Since cholesterol is found only in animal products such as meat, dairy products and eggs, vegans consume a cholesterol-free diet.’
    • ‘There is an undercurrent of anger among many vegans and animal activists and, regrettably, it has become one of the central characteristics by which outsiders define us as a group.’
    • ‘All are vegetarians, many are vegans and some, including Ella, are fruitarians, living off a diet of nothing but fruit.’
    • ‘Even vegans, who eat no animal fat at all, make enough cholesterol to meet all their body's needs.’
    • ‘However, strict vegetarians and vegans are more at risk for low B12 than others.’
    • ‘For pregnant or nursing vegan mothers, it's important to eat these foods as well as take a reputable brand of vitamin supplement.’
    • ‘Many recipes use animal products, but almost all include vegetarian and vegan versions.’
    • ‘The regime is so precise that half the dishes can be consumed by strict vegans.’
    • ‘Mothers who use soya-based formulas are in most cases strict vegetarians or vegans avoiding baby foods made with cow's milk.’
    • ‘Unlike ovo-lacto vegetarians, vegans have eliminated all animal products from their diets.’
    • ‘Even vegetarians and vegans are not safe from the food scare epidemic.’
    • ‘‘There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans,’ she said.’
    • ‘Dietary-related vitamin B12 deficiency is rare, but strict vegans may be at risk because their diet excludes the foods that provide this vitamin.’
    • ‘Nuts play a vital role in vegan cooking, and they're used frequently here.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that if everyone was vegan the world would be a healthier, happier and better place.’


  • Using or containing no animal products.

    ‘a vegan diet’


1940s: from vegetarian + -an.