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 Crab and Shrimp Coconut Bisque falls into this category of epicurean delight. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Weeknight-worthy recipe: Crab and Shrimp Coconut Bisque," 31 Dec. 2020 In this way, escalating truffle prices aren’t just a benchmark for epicurean status. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘The Mozart of fungi’: For ages, truffle hunting has been one of the most challenging pursuits on earth. Then the pandemic hit," 12 Dec. 2020 Tom Ripley’s real-life counterparts seem to never quite measure up, though they are inevitably compared to him in the press — the very character is shorthand for the more epicurean or erudite of charlatans. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting," 12 Nov. 2020 On the east end, along Highway 101, is Buellton, which is quickly becoming an epicurean hub. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "Tour through the essential wineries of Sta. Rita Hills," 12 Oct. 2020 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

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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 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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