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[dahyp-nos-uh-fist] /daɪpˈnɒs ə fɪst/
a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.
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 Unabridged
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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


(rare) a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
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

"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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