gour·​mand | \ ˈgu̇r-ˌmänd How to pronounce gourmand (audio) , -mənd, ˌgu̇r-ˈmänd How to pronounce gourmand (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gourmand (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
gourmandize \ ˈgu̇r-​ˌmän-​ˌdīz How to pronounce gourmand (audio) , -​mən-​ \ intransitive verb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The vast kitchen begs for a gourmand with its marble countertops, La Cornue range, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances—including a warming drawer and wine cooler. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "With an Indoor Pool and Lakefront Access, This $40 Million Connecticut Mansion Is a Swimmer’s Dream," 14 Apr. 2021 This gourmand perfume oil features Madagascar Vanilla, hand-harvested by local villagers and enriched with baobab oil to nourish the skin. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, "This Lovely Lineup Of Best Women’s Fragrances Is An Instant Mood Booster," 6 Apr. 2021 The strange truffle-centric culture resembles a gourmand version of a television drama about big-time drug dealers. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Holy Allure of the Truffle," 5 Mar. 2021 So, to ring in the holiday of love this year, everyone's favorite destination for gourmand scents just dropped a brand-new assortment of exclusive Valentine's Day fragrances. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Bath & Body Works Just Dropped Its V-Day Collection — & We’re Drooling," 20 Jan. 2021 Released in 1992, the scent was the first gourmand or foodie fragrance to hit the market. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Smells Like Teen Spirit: The Tempting Nostalgia of a 90s-Era Perfume," 26 Oct. 2020 The gourmand pool floats include a doughnut, Popsicle, gummy bear, and pizza. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Aldi Now Sells Food-Themed Pool Floats for Only $5.99," 10 July 2020 Why not treat yourself to a floral Tory Burch dinner plate or grab a set of cheese knives for the gourmand in your life? Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Show Your Gratitude With These Last-Minute Thanksgiving Gifts," 27 Nov. 2019 Perhaps most alluring for gourmands is a corner of the food hall that will feature what Lillis describes as a rotating roster of high-profile local and national chefs. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Inside the 20 restaurants and bars opening at AT&T Discovery District in downtown Dallas," 17 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gourmand. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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