deipnosophist [dahyp- nos- uh-fist] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a person who is an adept conversationalist at table. Origin of deipnosophist 1650–60;
after a literary work by Athenaeus,
an expert in affairs of the kitchen, equivalent to
) meal +
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Examples from the Web for deipnosophist Historical Examples I'll apologize, Wilks, for the deipnosophist part of it, but I'll be jiggered if I'll be responsible for your nasty gastronomy. 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 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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