ep·​i·​cu·​re·​an | \ˌe-pi-kyu̇-ˈrē-ən, -ˈkyu̇r-ē- \

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 2

Examples of epicurean in a Sentence


a person of epicurean tastes

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Two retail shops round out the mix: Market Place with Texas jams and jellies, local-artisan jewelry and accessories and Nosh & Bottle Market offers up craft beer and wine, epicurean products and gourmet prepared foods. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "This massive Irving entertainment complex has more to offer than just live music | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 Las Vegas has a well-deserved reputation as an epicurean capital. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Nobu, Puck, Ramsay and other chefs cook up specialties for Vegas Uncork'd," 20 Apr. 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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The first known use of epicurean was in the 15th century

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

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