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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
Below, the tomes (that cover everything from Cuban to Turkish to Thai to bread) that will appease the most discerning gourmands on your list.
Casanova was a lawyer, priest, medic, diplomat, violinist, gambler, gourmand, con man and spy.
What all of Spring's six gourmands have in common is an interest in carrying the ideals of French food from Paris to America.
Didier Marti/Getty Images In recent years, Seoul has become a favorite for roving gourmands, who once overlooked Korea’s teeming capital for places like Paris, Tokyo, Bangkok, Rome, and even London.
In Andreas Johnsen’s documentary, the gourmands at the Nordic Food Lab in Denmark get in on the ground floor and dine with insect foodies from around the globe.
At Rubiner's, gourmands can pick up serious cheese like Hauser Cabochon and Capra lago d’Orta, pâtés and all sorts of jams.
But if the point of going on vacation is to return feeling rested and replenished, drinking at lunch and dinner and eating like a 19th-century gourmand for seven straight days isn't going to get me there.
For many, the fact that Dior was such a passionate gourmand might come as a surprise.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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