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noun gour·mand \ˈgr-ˌmänd, -mənd\

: a person who loves to eat and drink : a person who eats and drinks too much

Full Definition of GOURMAND

:  one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking
:  one who is heartily interested in good food and drink
gour·mand·ism \ˈgr-ˌmän-ˌdi-zəm, -mən-\ noun
gour·man·dize \-ˌdīz\ intransitive verb

Examples of GOURMAND

  1. <a finicky gourmand who vacationed in Europe every year simply for the wine>
  2. <the kind of gourmand who swallows food without even pausing to taste it>

Origin of GOURMAND

Middle English gourmaunt, from Middle French gourmant
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of GOURMAND

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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