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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And the fact that Mexico could replicate this type of gusto in a second consecutive match sent a resounding message: Mexico isn’t a fluke. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico Proves It’s No Fluke at World Cup," 23 June 2018 No one has done this job better, or with more gusto. Robert Lloyd,, "Larry King, digital pioneer at 84, on life, work, Trump's phone calls and his newest Emmy nominations," 24 Apr. 2018 But the music industry hasn't reacted to the news with the same gusto as the market. Hannah Karp, Billboard, "As Market Cheers Spotify's Direct Deals With Artists and Managers, Labels Mull Their Options," 15 June 2018 What made this particular routine transcend its dancing rivals, was the gusto with which the whole squad performed the piece., "7 of the Best Celebrations in World Cup History," 31 May 2018 The Spurs are expecting the Warriors to attack Aldridge with the same gusto in this series. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs head west in search of a miracle," 12 Apr. 2018 Astrology has been experiencing a renaissance among young people, and Rehanna Fernandes Nuñez and Perez, who have been friends for five years, jumped on the topic with gusto. Zoë Madonna,, "With a collaborative piece for Boston Landmarks Orchestra, ZUMIX students reach for the stars," 12 July 2018 Thai leaders vowed to continue the effort with the same force and gusto to honor their fallen comrade. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-SEAL Diver Dies in Thai Cave Rescue Attempt," 6 July 2018 But few authors have the same kind of enthusiasm and gusto that O'Donnell brings to his topic. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "Gripping 'The Unknowns' follows WWI heroes who buried the Unknown Soldier," 21 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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