gus·​to ˈgə-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce gusto (audio)
plural gustoes
: an individual or special taste
different gustoes
: enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation
described the adventure with great gusto
: vitality marked by an abundance of vigor and enthusiasm
could not match the gusto of their competitors
archaic : artistic style

Examples of gusto in a Sentence

I don't have the gusto to go on a strenuous hike right now.
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Word History


Italian, from Latin gustus, past participle

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gusto was in 1620

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Cite this Entry

“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


gus·​to ˈgəs-tō How to pronounce gusto (audio)
: keen enjoyment or appreciation
eat with gusto

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