gusto

noun
gus·​to | \ ˈgə-(ˌ)stō \
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.

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Wright is a storyteller who sings with the gusto of a freedom fighter. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Total Experience Gospel Choir’s last days: Pat Wright built legacy with gusto of a freedom fighter," 1 Oct. 2018 Interbank rates are down around half a percentage point since early 2018, and banks are again lending to each other and other financial institutions with gusto. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Don’t Count on the China Put," 17 Dec. 2018 Are women elsewhere seeking out Botox and fillers with equal gusto? Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Changing Face of Beauty In America," 8 Oct. 2018 Morgan Stanley and Goldman have expanded into Main Street businesses — Goldman belatedly, but with gusto — while JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. have become trading giants in their own right. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman, Morgan Stanley Show Wall Street Charging Ahead," 16 Oct. 2018 Araya barked his societal indictments with gusto as drummer Paul Bostaph (who replaced Dave Lombardo in the ‘90s and again in 2013) mixed nimble fills and breakneck beats. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Slayer Close Out First Leg of Farewell Tour with Blistering, Career-Spanning Austin Performance," 21 June 2018 The gusto confidence of the social media generation is astounding. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Val Garland’s New Book Validated Chronicles the Makeup Artist’s Legendary Work," 11 Oct. 2018 And Bella Hadid is embracing the seasonal shift with stylish gusto. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Brings Back This Cozy Street Style Favorite for Fall," 9 Oct. 2018 Try the Side Car or the Smoked Old Fashioned, both made with exuberant gusto. Seth Shezi, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Bars in Cape Town," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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gusto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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