Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A connoisseur of good food and drink; a gourmet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as gastronomer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One fond of good living; an epicure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a lover of good food; a connoisseur or gourmet

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, back-formation from gastronomie, gastronomy; see gastronomy.]

Examples

  • Being a dedicated gastronome is a lot like falling in love over and over again.

    Pawpaw Adventure. Part One: Awe

  • Being a dedicated gastronome is a lot like falling in love over and over again.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Though the terms "gastronome" and "epicure" define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure, these words are perceived by the modern American consumer as elitist due to their Latin root forms and polysyllabic pronunciations.

    Sophie Brickman: What is a Foodie? Am I One? Are You?

  • In the early 1800s the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin knew whereof he spoke when he said "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."

    Meathead Goldwyn: A Dozen Resolutions For The Outdoor Cook

  • Honestly, it seems to me that his objection is more aesthetic; faux meat offends Mark as a gastronome, not on any real ethical grounds as far as I can tell.

    The Case For Fake Meat (Omnivores, We're Looking At You!)

  • 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.

    Cooking With Curtis Stone

  • 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.

    Cooking With Curtis Stone

  • In the early 1800s the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin knew whereof he spoke when he said "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."

    Meathead Goldwyn: A Dozen Resolutions For The Outdoor Cook

  • While the Alsace-born chef spends most waking hours overseeing his restaurants, we followed him home to see how an expert gastronome lives and eats.

    In My Kitchen: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

  • A cannibal is a "gastronome of the old school"; longevity is the "uncommon extension of the fear of death."

    Lacerating Wit, Seasoned Cynic

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  • (n) a lover of good food; a connoisseur or gourmet,

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

    (n) a person who studies gastronomy (which in itself is the study of the relationship between culture and food).

    May 8, 2009

  • "A true gastronome should always be ready to eat, just as a soldier should always be ready to fight."

    Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888), French journalist and author.

    September 24, 2009