Definition of epicure
1 archaic : one devoted to sensual pleasure : sybarite
2 : one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine
Examples of epicure in a sentence
Thomas Jefferson was one of America's first great epicures.
Did You Know?
The word epicure is currently associated with indulging the appetite, but that is a long way from the teachings of the man to whom we owe the word. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught a philosophy of simple pleasure, friendship, and a secluded life. He believed in the pursuit of pleasure, but pleasure for him equated with tranquility and freedom from pain—not the indulgence of the senses. However, detractors of Epicurus in his own time and later reduced his notions of pleasure to material and sensual gratification. When epicure entered English in the 16th century, the philosophy of Epicurus had been trivialized, and so the word became synonymous with “hedonist.”
Origin and Etymology of epicure
First Known Use: 1551
Synonym Discussion of epicure
EPICURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epicure for English Language Learners
: a person who appreciates fine food and drink
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up epicure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).