American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A connoisseur of fine food and drink.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A connoisseur in the delicacies of the table; a nice feeder; an epicure.
- Synonyms Gourmand, etc. See epicure.
- adj. of food fine
- n. A connoisseur in eating and drinking, someone who takes their food considerably more seriously than most.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A connoisseur in eating and drinking; an epicure.
- n. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
- 1820, from French gourmet, from Middle French gourmet, from Old French groumet ("wine broker, valet in charge of wines, servant") from Old French grommes ("manservant"), of Germanic origin, akin to Middle English grom, grome ("boy, valet, servant"), of unknown origin, perhaps from Old English *grōma (“male child, boy, youth”) from Old English grōwan ("to grow"). More at groom. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by gourmand, glutton) of groumet, servant, valet in charge of wines, from Middle English grom, boy, valet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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