Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French gastronomie, from Greek gastronomiā : gastro-, gastro- + -nomiā, -nomy.]

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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”).

Examples

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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