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


a person of epicurean tastes

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Paul Bocuse, Lyon’s epicurean patron saint, who died in January at the age of 91, opened a new chapter in French cooking in his city 40 years ago as a founding father of la nouvelle cuisine. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Most Innovative Chefs in Lyon, France’s Gastronomic Capital," 24 July 2018 Hanging a standout set of stainless steel and copper cookware or investing in countertop prep equipment with interesting metallic finishes can serve an epicurean purpose and be eye-pleasing at the same time. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "10 free tips interior designers charge a lot for," 24 May 2016 Every day, chef Kevin Erving creates an on-mountain epicurean experience that is unparalleled. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 But its epicurean landscape is arguably just as enticing. Discover Magazine, "One-on-One with Executive Chef Kevin Erving," 6 July 2018 The appeal: Vintage flair with contemporary comforts and epicurean perks. SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Carter House Inns, Eureka," 2 July 2018 Not everyone here can devote such brain space to epicurean concerns. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t," 21 Feb. 2018 The grains allowed are the Nordic type of rye, wholegrain, barley and oats. Fermented fish and dairy add to the epicurean experience. NBC News, "What is the Nordic diet — and why do doctors, dietitians and even psychiatrists like it so much?," 22 June 2018 At Beaver Creek, you will be treated to an elevated epicurean experience. Discover Magazine, "Be In the Moments, In the Mountains, Together," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of epicurean

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

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