noun \ˈe-pi-ˌkyr\

: a person who appreciates fine food and drink

Full Definition of EPICURE

archaic :  one devoted to sensual pleasure :  sybarite
:  one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine

Examples of EPICURE

  1. <Thomas Jefferson was one of America's first great epicures.>

Origin of EPICURE

First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of EPICURE

epicure, gourmet, gourmand, gastronome mean one who takes pleasure in eating and drinking. epicure implies fastidiousness and voluptuousness of taste. gourmet implies being a connoisseur in food and drink and the discriminating enjoyment of them. gourmand implies a hearty appetite for good food and drink, not without discernment, but with less than a gourmet's. gastronome implies that one has studied extensively the history and rituals of haute cuisine.


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