Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art or science of good eating.
  • n. A style of cooking, as of a particular region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the relationship between food and culture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or science of good eating; epicurism; the art of good cheer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food; hence, the pleasures of the table; epicurism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
  • n. a particular style of cookery (as of a region)

Etymologies

French gastronomie, from Greek gastronomiā : gastro-, gastro- + -nomiā, -nomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gastronomie from the Greek gastronómia, from Ancient Greek γαστήρ (gastér, "stomach") and νόμος (nómos, "knowledge, law"). Surface analysis is gastro- (“cooking”) + -nomy (“a system of rules or laws about a particular field”). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Those who have a profound indifference to the pleasures of the table are generally gloomy, charmless, and unamiable."
    - 19th century French lawyer and gastronome Lucien Tendret

    September 24, 2009