Simple Definition of gourmand
: a person who loves to eat and drink : a person who eats and drinks too much
Examples of gourmand in a sentence
<a finicky gourmand who vacationed in Europe every year simply for the wine>
<the kind of gourmand who swallows food without even pausing to taste it>
Did You Know?
What God has plagu'd us with this gormaund guest? As this exasperated question from Alexander Pope's 18th-century translation of Homer's Odyssey suggests, being a gourmand is not necessarily a good thing. When "gourmand" began appearing in English texts in the 15th century, it was a decidedly bad thing, a synonym of "glutton" that was reserved for a greedy eater who consumed well past satiation. That negative connotation remained until English speakers borrowed the similar-sounding (and much more positive) "gourmet" from French in the 19th century. Since then, the meaning of "gourmand" has softened, so that although it still isn't wholly flattering, it now suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities rather than a slobbering glutton.
Origin of gourmand
Middle English gourmaunt, from Middle French gourmant
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of gourmand
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