Definitions

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

  • n. A lover of good food.
  • n. A gluttonous eater. See Usage Note at gourmet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink; a greedy or ravenous eater. See gormand.
  • n. A person who appreciates good food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A greedy or ravenous eater; a glutton. See gormand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • etc. See gormand, etc.

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

  • n. a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

Etymologies

Middle English gourmant, glutton, from Old French gormant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gourmand. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the complete satisfaction of the gourmand is superior, and has superior side-benefits.

    Sing for your supper

  • (Keats) of the "social" gourmand is characterized by discrimination, discrimination in what he eats and in the way that he eats.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • As we shall see, however, in the very act of distinguishing the gourmand from the glutton, the depiction en vignette of the gourmand also combines savant, savorer, and Savarin in one overdetermined figure, in a process of rhetorical condensation of which the glass of wine is ultimate repository.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • The first thing that I must tell you is that in France, the word gourmand in no way implies gluttony.

    JOIE DE VIVRE

  • “The flipside of being a gourmand is that I’ve encountered my share of truly dreadful stuff, too — the kind of manga with such incoherent plots, unappealing characters, clumsy artwork, and tin-eared dialogue that they beg the question, Who thought this was a good idea?”

    Shame! People will see them and cry…

  • When, for example, one of my junior staff had the temerity to ask the count if he had room for dessert, he looked at the fellow as if he were a dolt before replying, “My dear man, a gourmand is a gentleman with the talent and fortitude to continue eating even when he is not hungry.”

    The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • Colonel Adams was not what is known as a gourmand, but a high-toned Virginian gentleman, who preferred the best meats to be obtained in the markets, and prepared for the table in a manner that would cause the smiles and approval of epicures.

    Life gleanings, by compiled

  • Seldom had La Fleur or either of her husbands prepared for prince, ambassador, or titled gourmand a meal which better satisfied the loftiest outreaches of the soul in the truest interests of the palate.

    The Girl at Cobhurst

  • [Page 47] to cook, and I borrowed my sister-in-law's servant for an hour as soon as she came from church, and the dinner was handsomely achieved, and an old 'gourmand' who was here to dinner declared that the sauces were all excellent, and my pudding was every morsel eaten!

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Every man must do his duty so I tackle the eight-course "gourmand" menu (£65) while my less battle-hardened guest goes à la carte (£49), to the pained sigh of our waiter (French, possibly another relic from the Paris Exhibition).

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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  • As defined by Homer Simpson: Like a gourmet, only fatter.

    November 6, 2008