American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person with refined taste, especially in food and wine.
- n. A person devoted to sensuous pleasure and luxurious living. See Usage Note at gourmet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [cap. or lowercase] A follower of Epicurus; an Epicurean: seldom, if ever, used without odium.
- n. Popularly (owing to a misrepresentation of the ethical part of the doctrines of Epicurus), one given up to sensual enjoyment, and especially to the pleasures of eating and drinking; a gormand; a person of luxurious tastes and habits.
- n. Synonyms Epicure, Gourmet, and Gormand agree in representing one who cares a great deal for the pleasures of the table. The epicure selects with a fastidious taste, but is luxurious in the supply of that which he likes. The gourmet is a connoisseur in food and drink, and a dainty feeder. The gormand differs from a glutton only in having a more discriminating taste.
- To live like an epicure; epicurize.
- n. A person who is devoted to sensual pleasures or sensuous living.
- n. A person with highly refined tastes in food, wine, music et cetera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A follower of Epicurus; an Epicurean.
- n. One devoted to dainty or luxurious sensual enjoyments, esp. to the luxuries of the table.
- n. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
- Middle English, an Epicurean, from Medieval Latin epicūrus, from Latin Epicūrus, Epicurus, from Greek Epikouros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No; the epicure is the lady's humble servant, the Prince d'Athis, a man of cultivated palate and fastidious appetite, spoilt by club cooking and not to be satisfied by silver plate or the sight of fine liveries and irreproachable white calves.”
“At a lavish party hosted by the Carmagos, Inza describes himself as an "epicure" whose blood is a "mixture of fine European wines.”
“We met the Aussie epicure in the kitchen at NYC's Bar Americain — on loan for the morning from Stone's buddy and fellow gastronome Bobby Flay — for a heaping helping of flapjacks with a side of straight talk.”
“Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding by student epicure:”
“Joe was an epicure: a hedonist with a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other and, usually a forgotten cigar smoldering nearby.”
“It was said that a good cook was an epicure, a taster, and a frequent hand-washer, while the bad cook an indiscriminate glutton, "sweaty and crude.”
“In Good Food from Mexico, Ruth Watt Mulvey and Luisa Maria Alvarez tell us "legend has it that the supreme epicure Moctezuma sent runners to the heights of the volcano to bring back blocks of snow over which thick chocolate was poured, whipped, and served as a chilled froth.”
“One could use a dozen of them and be a picture each time, in any setting, though for the epicure they are at their best when chosen with relation to a special background.”
“I don't think it's entirely truthful that you're not an epicure.”
“He laps tentatively at the rim of the bowl, like an epicure sucking in a single egg of caviar.”
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