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

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Examples of epicurean in a Sentence

Adjective a person of epicurean tastes
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Watch the full video below. Needless to say, those cabinets of Ben and Erin's are definitely giving us some ideas for our own epicurean abodes. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Tour Ben and Erin Napier's Recently Renovated Kitchen," 6 July 2020 True to the nature of this season of Uncharted being more ambitious and adventurous, Ramsay’s epicurean compatriot here in West Sumatra is William Wongso, an award-winning chef considered the godfather of Indonesian food. National Geographic, "Bigger, Bolder, Further," 20 May 2020 Pebble Beach Food & Wine, one of the country’s highest-profile epicurean festivals, has canceled its 2020 event due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns," 13 Mar. 2020 For epicurean sports fans or festivalgoers, curated drink selections like the Chase Center’s are undoubtedly a welcome addition to their experience. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Chase Center arena has wine that you’ll actually want to drink," 8 Feb. 2020 Their epicurean goal was to whip up delectable stews, soups and chili incorporating St. Arnold’s beer. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians stir up culinary goodness at St. Arnold’s One Pot Showdown," 26 Jan. 2020 Sur La Table: The culinarily-inclined retailer has over 100 of the most in-demand epicurean devices and tools discounted up to 75%. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Black Friday 2019: All the best deals you can shop today," 29 Nov. 2019 All the ingredients are here for the next New England epicurean capital, which may be why Ryan McCaskey of the two-Michelin-starred Acadia in Chicago recently set up his second restaurant, Acadia House Provisions, on the island. Melissa Coleman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maine's Deer Isle Is a Food-Filled Island Escape," 14 Nov. 2019 Sur La Table: The epicurean retailer has over 100 of the most in-demand culinary devices and tools discounted up to 75%. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019

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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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“Epicurean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicurean. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of epicurean

: involving an appreciation of fine food and drink : of or relating to an epicure

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