gas·​tro·​nome ˈga-strə-ˌnōm How to pronounce gastronome (audio)
: a lover of good food
especially : one with a serious interest in gastronomy
Choose the Right Synonym for gastronome

epicure, gourmet, gourmand, gastronome mean one who takes pleasure in eating and drinking.

epicure implies fastidiousness and voluptuousness of taste.

gourmet implies being a connoisseur in food and drink and the discriminating enjoyment of them.

gourmand implies a hearty appetite for good food and drink, not without discernment, but with less than a gourmet's.

gastronome implies that one has studied extensively the history and rituals of haute cuisine.

Examples of gastronome in a Sentence

gastronomes from all over make the pilgrimage to this temple of haute cuisine
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Word History


French, back-formation from gastronomie

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gastronome was in 1823

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“Gastronome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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