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

  • n. A connoisseur of fine food and drink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fine
  • n. A connoisseur in eating and drinking, someone who takes their food considerably more seriously than most.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A connoisseur in eating and drinking; an epicure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A connoisseur in the delicacies of the table; a nice feeder; an epicure.
  • Synonyms Gourmand, etc. See epicure.

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)


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)
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)



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