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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1944, from vegetable (n.) + -an; coined by English vegetarian Donald Watson (1910-2005) to distinguish those who abstain from all animal products (eggs, cheese, etc.) from those who merely refuse to eat the animals.


a. Relating to vegans or veganism. n. A person who does not consume, use or eat any animal products; a supporter of veganism


n. a strict vegetarian; someone who eats no animal or dairy products at all

Vegan (disambiguation)

A vegan is a person who follows the philosophy and diet of veganism.

Vegan may also refer to:

  • Vegan, West Virginia, a town in the United States
  • the star Vega (Alpha Lyrae)
    • In science fiction, Vegans, i.e. characters native to Vega in fiction
  • a native or resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Vegan (creature) in the artwork of Trenton Doyle Hancock

Usage examples of "vegan".

In the past, the number of protein-rich sources for a vegan was limited to primarily tofu.

The chronic slowness of Vegan communication rendered them all the more impatient to know the reason, as the black and yellow creature solemnly waved at the motionless pentapod.

The Vegan interrupted further conversation, attracting their attention with a flourish of its long antennae.

As the Vegan had intimated, the background was filled by a range of rugged-looking mountains, the nearest several miles away.

The Vegan said his people had never been able to fool these pincushions into letting them make or steal a weapon.

One of these had escaped through the co-operation of the Vegan, who, unable to run himself, had tripped up with an antenna the only guard in position to catch the man.

It had been gone many minutes, but the Vegan sign language is much slower than verbal speech, and the two allies had had time for only a few sentences.

The Vegan, of course, was voiceless, and the guards stood about patiently, silent as ever, rock-still except for the slow, almost unceasing, wave of the black, blunt spines.

Little, the few remaining men, and the Vegan entered, accompanied this time by only two of the pentapods, and the upward journey began.

The party paused at one of the brightly lighted doorways, and the Vegan turned to Little.

I seem to recall that the Vegan said we could make several trips for supplies, if necessary.

The sun was low in the west when the conversation ended, but the doctor had at last what he believed to be a complete mental picture of the habits, thoughts, and nature of the pentapods, and he had more than the glimmerings of a plan which might set the human and Vegan prisoners free once more.

I decided later that it might be a lodge pin, or like a Phi Beta Kappa keythe Mother Thing was smart even for a Vegan and Joe was not far behind.

Matter of fact, if a human ten-year-old saw a Vegan, he would either run, or poke it with a stick.

It met us, whistled to the Mother Thing in Vegan and led us away, down a lift and through a wide and endlessly long corridor.