noun gour·mand \ˈgu̇r-ˌmänd, -mənd\

Definition of gourmand

  1. 1 :  one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking

  2. 2 :  one who is heartily interested in good food and drink


play \ˈgu̇r-ˌmän-ˌdi-zəm, -mən-\ noun


play \ˈgu̇r-ˌmän-ˌdīz, -mən-\ intransitive verb

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Examples of gourmand in a sentence

  1. a finicky gourmand who vacationed in Europe every year simply for the wine

  2. the kind of gourmand who swallows food without even pausing to taste it

Did You Know?

What God has plagu'd us with this gormaund guest? As this exasperated question from Alexander Pope's 18th-century translation of Homer's Odyssey suggests, being a gourmand is not necessarily a good thing. When "gourmand" began appearing in English texts in the 15th century, it was a decidedly bad thing, a synonym of "glutton" that was reserved for a greedy eater who consumed well past satiation. That negative connotation remained until English speakers borrowed the similar-sounding (and much more positive) "gourmet" from French in the 19th century. Since then, the meaning of "gourmand" has softened, so that although it still isn't wholly flattering, it now suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities rather than a slobbering glutton.

Origin and Etymology of gourmand

Middle English gourmaunt, from Medieval French gourmant

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of gourmand

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.

GOURMAND Defined for English Language Learners


noun gour·mand \ˈgu̇r-ˌmänd, -mənd\

Definition of gourmand for English Language Learners

  • : a person who loves to eat and drink : a person who eats and drinks too much

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