gourmet

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noun gour·met \ˈgu̇r-ˌmā, gu̇r-ˈmā\

Definition of gourmet

  1. :  a connoisseur of food and drink; broadly :  connoisseur 2 a film gourmet

gourmet

adjective

Examples of gourmet in a Sentence

  1. food critics have to be gourmets in order to write about food in an informed way

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Origin and Etymology of gourmet

French, from Middle French, alteration of gromet boy servant, vintner's assistant, probably ultimately from Middle English grom groom

Synonym Discussion of gourmet

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.

GOURMET Defined for English Language Learners

gourmet

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Definition of gourmet for English Language Learners

  • : a person who enjoys and knows a lot about good food and wine


GOURMET Defined for Kids

gourmet

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noun gour·met \ˈgu̇r-ˌmā\

Definition of gourmet for Students

  1. :  a person who appreciates fine food and drink



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