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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A follower of Epicurus; an Epicurean.
  • n. One devoted to dainty or luxurious sensual enjoyments, esp. to the luxuries of the table.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

Etymologies

Middle English, an Epicurean, from Medieval Latin epicūrus, from Latin Epicūrus, Epicurus, from Greek Epikouros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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