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 Many country stars sported mullets back in the 1980s and early ‘90s, rocking the haircut with gusto. Mary Colurso |, al, 5 Oct. 2021 There seemed to be a moment of hesitation before the U.S. golfers slammed down the beers with gusto. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2021 There seemed to be a moment of hesitation before the U.S. golfers slammed down the beers with gusto. Ben Steele, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 None of that mattered a jot Wednesday night with this audience, delighted to hear the cool sounds of these very likable performers (Bryan Eng, Michael Ferraro, Yando Lopez and A.D. Weaver) and laughing at the Sullivan shtick with gusto. Chris Jones,, 24 Sep. 2021 Hall sang the ballad with unapologetically schmaltzy gusto from behind a piano as close-up video of candles flickered on the screens behind him. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2021 And Matt Rogers’ drag-queen character Twink (whose name is among the show’s single entendres) adds welcome vim and gusto that’s absent in Steve. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 Aficionados know that verbatim comedy climaxed 11 years ago with Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s 2010 Romeo and Juliet, which gathered interviewees’ misrememberings about Shakespeare’s plot, then delivered them with melodramatic gusto. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 That concert ended with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony played with remarkable gusto. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Gusto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gusto

: great enjoyment, energy, and enthusiasm

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