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.

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In honor of the show’s 11 Emmy nominations, Amazon has created a Los Angeles pop-up that channels the titular character’s guinea-pig-themed cafe with gusto. Caroline Tew,, "You can hold adorable guinea pigs at Fleabag-inspired pop-up cafe in Los Angeles," 7 Aug. 2019 The 28th annual Heritage Days parade marched through downtown Olmsted Falls with gusto – until a train or two slowed it down., "Trains stop the parade, but not the fun: Olmsted Dates and Data," 4 Aug. 2019 Nearly all serious professional eaters do this, and with such gusto that the food arrives at their waiting mouths nearly pre-chewed, like the regurgitated offerings of a mother bird. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The best scarfing methods at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 4 July 2019 The pound, seen as a barometer of sorts on the orderliness of Brexit talks, hasn’t rallied with any gusto in recent weeks despite a succession of announcements that a draft deal was imminent. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Investors Prepare for Another Brexit Surprise," 27 Nov. 2018 Efforts to expand and enhance the area’s offerings were already underway and continued with gusto after the disaster. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "As the Royal Gorge turns 90, now is the time to visit Cañon City," 27 July 2019 The Pharaoh’s song and dance number is full-on Elvis impersonation performed with gusto by Robert Lopez, replete with references to the King’s greatest hits. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Quirky, cheeky ‘Dreamcoat’ kicks up some fun at Tri-Valley Rep," 25 July 2019 Governments used both monetary and fiscal policy with gusto in the years after the second world war to maintain full employment. The Economist, "Economists still lack a proper understanding of business cycles," 19 Apr. 2018 The 4449 was freshened up in sparkling red, white, and blue duds, pulling 10 displays with gusto around much of the continental U.S. from 1975-76. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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