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 Wolman and Smith explain with gusto how this singular moment came to be. oregonlive, "Here are the 2020 Oregon Book Award winners," 23 June 2020 Where frugal Britons retained some of their wartime allotments, America’s Victory Gardens were abandoned with the gusto of a country remaking the future in a way that left no place for composting and hoeing peas. The Economist, "Growing your own food America rediscovers the joys of vegetable-growing," 20 June 2020 No grammar, nor spelling, and scarcely any form, but a quality that is unspeakably eerie and the most convincing gusto. Dustin Illingworth, The New York Review of Books, "A Lost Original," 29 Apr. 2020 Down in Atlanta, and still open for delivery and takeout, the gusto! Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "These Dining Gift Cards Increase in Value Over Time, so You'll Have More Money to Spend Once Restaurants and Bars Reopen," 21 Apr. 2020 That touchdown-to-checkdown mentality with the gusto to give our playmakers a chance to make plays. Dan Wiederer,, "How does Matt Nagy weigh belief vs. doubt during the Bears’ bye week? ‘It’s not about complaints. It’s about answers.’," 12 Oct. 2019 Virtual Wine Tasting with Alex Fullerton of Fullerton Wines Alex Fullerton embraces the challenge of virtual tastings with gusto. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Oregon winery events offer virtual fun with food and wine," 12 May 2020 Lunches and dinners in Italy can last a couple of hours at a time, with people sitting in every available chair, ordering with gusto and talking between every bite. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Recreate Italy in Your Kitchen," 22 Apr. 2020 But like his American counterpart, Mr. Bolsonaro tests all conventions, and often with gusto. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democracy around the world is down but not out. Test case: Brazil.," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of gusto was in 1620

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30 Jun 2020

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“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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