ep·​i·​cu·​re·​an | \ ˌe-pi-kyu̇-ˈrē-ən How to pronounce epicurean (audio) , -ˈkyu̇r-ē- How to pronounce epicurean (audio) \

Definition of epicurean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism
2 : of, relating to, or suited to an epicure



Definition of Epicurean (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a follower of Epicurus
2 often not capitalized : epicure sense 1

Examples of epicurean in a Sentence

Adjective a person of epicurean tastes
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the Sámi hub of Jokkmokk, the reindeer herder and specialty meat purveyor works closely with Eva Gunnare, a local forager and cultural guide to bring guests on an epicurean journey. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 The menu presents an appealing hybrid of old-world traditions—Mayan healing stones, clay wraps made of local herbs—as well as more modern, epicurean treatments. Jessie Heyman, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2022 Since Rene Redzepi and Claus Meyer converted an old warehouse into the world-class Noma restaurant in 2003, Copenhagen has gone from culinary wasteland to epicurean epicenter. Helen Russell, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 The biographer’s gift lay in fusing the personal and impersonal, his experience as an art student and jobbing critic, the stoic’s sense with an epicurean sensibility. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 Stay Here: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, an epicurean retreat in the nearby market town of Chippenham, offers a fantastic base for exploring Avebury, Stonehenge, and the surrounding countryside. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Jane Pauley hosts our annual holiday broadcast exploring all things epicurean! CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 It’s the perfect gift for the epicurean little one who prefers mortadella to bologna. Bon Appétit, 29 Oct. 2021 There’s a long-familiar tradition in film of refinement meshing with evil, as with the epicurean sadism of movie Nazis and arch-criminals. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of epicurean


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Epicurean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicurean. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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