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 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 The memoir is a delightful, deft, familiar — and ambitious — foray into family dynamics and working-class gusto, a relatable story of the townies in a city overrun by, and dependent upon, tourists. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A New Orleans family history: Big promises, dashed hopes and rising water," 30 Aug. 2019 Earthworms aren’t aquatic insects, but as many of us learn at a young age, trout eat them with gusto. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "9 Simple Flies for Catching Early-Season Trout," 30 Mar. 2020 Jasmine and her man, on the other hand, both seem to have taken up smoking with gusto. Liana Finck, The New York Review of Books, "Rear Window," 15 Mar. 2020 Consumer Score: 87% gave it 4 stars or higher Kneading, puréeing, or slicing, this food processor does it all with gusto. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 6 Best Food Processors of 2020," 2 Mar. 2020 Shepherd belted out the ballad with enough gusto that three coaches (Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson) turned around in their chairs. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Country singers on ‘The Voice’ typically choose Blake Shelton. Here’s what happens if you pick Kelly Clarkson.," 25 Feb. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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