deipnosophist

noun
deip·​nos·​o·​phist | \ dīpˈnäsəfə̇st\
plural -s

Definition of deipnosophist

: a person skilled in table talk

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History and Etymology for deipnosophist

from the Deipnosophists, a work depicting a banquet where long discussions take place, written by Athenaeus fl a.d. 200 Graeco-Egyptian writer, from Greek Deipnosophistai, literally, culinary experts, plural of deipnosophistēs, from deipnon meal (probably of non-Indo-European origin) + sophistēs wise man, sophist

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