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[ep-i-kyoo r] /ˈɛp ɪˌkyʊər/
a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; connoisseur.
Archaic. a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment.
Origin of epicure
1350-1400 for earlier sense; 1555-65 for def 2; Middle English Epicures, Epicureis Epicureans (plural) < Latin Epicūrēus (singular) (see epicurean)
1. gastronome, gourmet, epicurean. 2. voluptuary, sensualist, gourmand.
1. ascetic. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for epicure
Historical Examples
  • It was introduced into England as an epicure's dish in the seventeenth century.

  • Kingozi's methods of eating had in them little of the epicure.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Across the top of its door were painted in gold letters, the words: "The epicure."

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • I was always an epicure in the matter of love, and knew the best when I found it.

    The Golden Fountain Lilian Staveley
  • These are quite an epicure's dish, and care must be taken to cook them slowly.

  • Certainly, he mused to himself, his brother was an epicure in love.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • Your book, "The epicure of Medicine," is worth its weight in gold.

    Food for the Traveler Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
  • We are told by Chaucer that he was a great householder and an epicure.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • The oyster is now a dish for the epicure and the lobster for the millionaire.

    The Old Coast Road

    Agnes Rothery
  • He spoke in French, fluent and exact, and his manner was entirely that of the epicure.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for epicure


a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink; gourmet
a person devoted to sensual pleasures
Derived Forms
epicurism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin epicūrus, after Epicurus; see Epicurean
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Word Origin and History for epicure

late 14c., "follower of Epicurus," from Latin Epicurus, from Greek Epicouros (341-270 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher who taught that pleasure is the highest good and identified virtue as the greatest pleasure; the first lesson recalled, the second forgotten, and the name used pejoratively for "one who gives himself up to sensual pleasure" (1560s), especially "glutton, sybarite" (1774). Epicurus' school opposed by stoics, who first gave his name a reproachful sense. Non-pejorative meaning "one who cultivates refined taste in food and drink" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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