- a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; connoisseur.
- Archaic. a person dedicated to sensual enjoyment.
Origin of epicure
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Examples from the Web for epicure
It was introduced into England as an epicure's dish in the seventeenth century.De Libris: Prose and Verse
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
These are quite an epicure's dish, and care must be taken to cook them slowly.Nelson's Home Comforts
- a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink; gourmet
- a person devoted to sensual pleasures
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.