he·​do·​nist ˈhē-də-nist How to pronounce hedonist (audio)
plural hedonists
: a person who is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure : someone who practices hedonism
The most recent vintage to hit U.S. retail shelves is 2007, which produced rich wines with flattering fruit and voluptuous texture—a hedonist's dream.James Molesworth
Though we think of him as a hedonist, Whitman was something of a prude himself, by the standards of his time.David S. Reynolds

Examples of hedonist in a Sentence

he's a star chef and self-described hedonist
Recent Examples on the Web Eugenie is a technician, a pragmatist, while Dodin is the romantic, a pleasure-seeking hedonist with a poet’s mind, and a dedicated patron of her arts, including even the simplest omelets. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 London’s most elegant department store, Liberty, still presides over this hedonist’s harbor like a magnificent royal flagship. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 Maison Souquet Just across the street from the Moulin Rouge, the marvelously lavish Maison Souquet offers a sensual retreat that pays homage to the hideaway’s former reputation as a discreet brothel for wealthy hedonists. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2023 An annual getaway for hedonists and a particular subsection of the ultra-rich Silicon Valley tech community has always been a bit of an odd sell: Pitch up a vast, temporary city of 70,000 people every year, with attendees jetting in from all four corners of the globe to party. Chris Stokel-Walker, WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 The musician and actor were forced to abandon their campsite by foot as torrential rains turned the Nevada desert, which hosts the annual hedonists’ festival, into a mud bath. Chris Stokel-Walker, WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 Ahmed is referring to the era in Tangier's history, beginning in the interwar period and peaking in the 1950s, when the city served as a licentious playground for a motley assortment of artists, socialites, and hedonists. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2023 Like a lot of his clients, the chef, Cliff Grubin, used to be a hedonist but has since swapped self-destruction for self-care, specializing first in juicing and eventually branching out into raw food. Hadley Freeman, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 Infamous libertine and hedonist? Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hedonist was in 1806

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“Hedonist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonist. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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