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ep·​i·​cu·​re·​an ˌe-pi-kyu̇-ˈrē-ən How to pronounce epicurean (audio) -ˈkyu̇r-ē- How to pronounce epicurean (audio)
capitalized : of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism
: of, relating to, or suited to an epicure


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

Examples of epicurean in a Sentence

Adjective a person of epicurean tastes
Recent Examples on the Web
Noteworthy epicurean experiences include Miru, the hotel’s all-day eatery on the 11th floor, serving modern Japanese cuisine in a sophisticated dining room designed by the Rockwell Group. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 18 Aug. 2023 Compared to his American movies — the most recent of which, City Hall, was a deep dive into Boston’s progressive urban agenda — his French ones are altogether more, well, epicurean. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 The distinctive year-round destination with just over 11,000 residents is a true epicurean hot spot with an extremely charming town square, around which some of its best hotels, restaurants, and shops sit, not to mention approximately 40 tasting rooms. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2023 Here’s a look at Yellen’s epicurean experience, with a price breakdown. Julia Malleck, Quartz, 10 July 2023 Guests enjoy a tempting array of culinary offerings, from epicurean delights to palate-tickling casual fare. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 1 July 2023 This recipe reflects the epicurean influence French colonialism had on Vietnam. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 Pedersen created a citrus-cured, wild sea bass tartare topped with sea buckthorn and pomegranate caviar that delighted the judges for its epicurean flare. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 3 May 2022 Since the early aughts, Casa Lever was another must-stop on this epicurean circuit. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 14 June 2023
The Epicurean, in Atlanta’s trendy Midtown neighborhood of young professionals and tech workers, charges $300 for a cabana that fits four and $350 for six, from noon to 3 or in the midafternoons, with an additional $250 minimum spend on food and drinks required. Jon Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2023 Get the recipe for Watermelon Whiskey Pops from The Little Epicurean. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 31 July 2023 Meet the experts: Julie Andrews is the founder and recipe creator of The Healthy Epicurean. Ashley Martens, Women's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 The most interesting hotel in Tampa is without a doubt the Autograph Collection’s Epicurean Hotel. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 10 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of epicurean was in the 15th century

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“Epicurean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicurean. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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