gus·​to | \ ˈgə-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce gusto (audio) \
plural gustoes

Definition of gusto

1a : an individual or special taste different gustoes
b : enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation described the adventure with great gusto
c : vitality marked by an abundance of vigor and enthusiasm could not match the gusto of their competitors
2 archaic : artistic style

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Examples of gusto in a Sentence

I don't have the gusto to go on a strenuous hike right now.
Recent Examples on the Web The lyrics may be a nonsense mash of Italian and Spanish, but Rosie sings it with gusto. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 16 July 2021 Some will tuck into the tongue with gusto while others are daintier grazers, and researchers still aren’t sure just how bad the damage usually gets. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 This mini convection oven, which is 37% off on Amazon Prime Day, whirs hot air around your potato wedges, whole chicken, or broccoli florets with gusto until that ASMR-level crunch is achieved. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2021 Grandma’s gusto in the kitchen had trickled down to my mom, aunts, sister, and cousins — all of whom taught themselves how to cook — but skipped teaching me. Asia Ewart,, 4 Mar. 2021 With his rich baritone voice, his talents leaned more toward performance, and when the opportunity arose to audition for a Disney film, Mr. Wright went after it with gusto. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 The warm weather has arrived with gusto across most parts of the country, which means cookout season is upon us. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 26 May 2021 As the starting point guard, Schroder was all over the court, scoring when it was needed — 24 points in all — and playing defense with gusto. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 That’s when the Owls faced a turning point and met it with gusto. Pat Stoetzer,, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of gusto

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gusto

Italian, from Latin gustus, past participle

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25 Jul 2021

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“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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