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deipnosophist

[dahyp-nos-uh-fist]
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noun
  1. a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.
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Origin of deipnosophist

1650–60; after a literary work by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistḗs, an expert in affairs of the kitchen, equivalent to Greek deîpno(n) meal + sophistḗs sophist
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  • I'll apologize, Wilks, for the deipnosophist part of it, but I'll be jiggered if I'll be responsible for your nasty gastronomy.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for deipnosophist

deipnosophist

noun
  1. rare a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek deipnosophistai, title of a Greek work by Athenaeus (3rd century), describing learned discussions at a banquet, from deipnon meal + sophistai wise men; see sophist
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Word Origin and History for deipnosophist

n.

"gourmand," 1650s, from Greek deipnosophistes "one learned in the mysteries of the kitchen," from deipnon "chief meal, dinner" (of unknown origin) + sophistes "master of a craft" (see sophist). the word has come down thanks to "Deipnosophistai," 3c. work on gastronomy by Athenaeus.

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