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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
Recent Examples of gourmand from the Web
In addition, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs — the Palm Beach chapter of an international group for gourmands — left after holding its holiday dinner at Mar-a-Lago in eight of the past nine years.
A gourmand/beachy hybrid of coconut, banana, and vanilla?
Dev's willingness to say no impresses one of the show's executive producers, Chef Jeff (Bobby Cannavale), an egotistical, globe-trotting TV gourmand in the Anthony Bourdain mold.
For gourmands, there may be no better time to visit the Philippine capital.
Nixon, too, had a penchant for sowing mayhem and a gourmand’s appetite for revenge, especially in the wee hours of the morning.
My favorite writing on gout's exquisite torments is from the novelist and gourmand Jim Harrison, who equated it to being shot in the toe by someone using a silencer.
Only 20 minutes from Cannes, Mougins is a must for gearheads and gourmands alike.
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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 Middle French gourmant
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of gourmand
GOURMAND Defined for English Language Learners
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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