gourmand

noun
gour·mand | \ˈgu̇r-ˌmänd, -mənd\

Definition of gourmand 

1 : one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking

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

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Other Words from gourmand

gourmandism \ˈgu̇r-ˌmän-ˌdi-zəm, -mən- \ noun
gourmandize \ˈgu̇r-ˌmän-ˌdīz, -mən- \ intransitive verb

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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.

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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.

Examples of gourmand in a Sentence

a finicky gourmand who vacationed in Europe every year simply for the wine the kind of gourmand who swallows food without even pausing to taste it

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For the at-home gourmand, eye-catching enamel dishware, a homemade kimchi kit, a state-of-the-art ceramic steamer set, and a super fancy citrus press are just some of the tools rounding out the list of kitchen game-changers. Sunset, "Nordstrom’s New Pop-Up Shops are a Foodie’s Dream Come True," 22 Jan. 2018 Ace Atkins, who writes terrific books of his own, is the conduit for Parker’s long-running series starring Spenser — tough private eye, gourmand and professional wiseass. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Authors ably carry on legacies of late crime-fiction writers Tony Hillerman, Robert B. Parker," 17 Apr. 2018 This small speck on the map is the connecting hub for Marin county’s outer farmlands, and has quickly become a mini gourmand mecca. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days On California's Russian River and Sonoma Coast," 16 Apr. 2018 On Saturday mornings, Moreno guides gourmands along the rocky shoreline of Pichilemu, where larger-than-life strips of cochayuyu, or seaweed, bake in the sun. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Where to Stay in Pichilemu, the Undiscovered Tulum of Chile," 30 Mar. 2018 By the entrance, there's that definitive proof of a French restaurant's quality: a picture of the proprietor with Jacques Chirac, former French president and noted gourmand. Will Hawkes, chicagotribune.com, "A fearless foodie's foray into the bouchons of Lyon, France," 19 Mar. 2018 Rotarian, minister,Light Bringer, gourmand, story teller and master of disguise. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/25," 25 Feb. 2018 Gold-medal dining This one is for the ultimate gourmands. Carlos Frias, miamiherald, "At the festival, how to eat like a grownup | Miami Herald," 21 Feb. 2018 Warm, sweet, gourmand, sticky, like iced coffee with a few extra pumps of vanilla syrup. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "Sunset Fantasy Is Britney Spears's Most Decadent Dessert Perfume Yet," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gourmand

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gourmand

Middle English gourmaunt, from Middle French gourmant

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gourmand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gourmand

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

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