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[goo r-mahnd, goo r-muh nd] /gʊərˈmɑnd, ˈgʊər mənd/
a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess.
a gourmet; epicure.
Also, gormand.
Origin of gourmand
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English gourmaunt < Old French gormant a glutton
Related forms
gourmandism, noun Unabridged
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  • One is a gourmand as one is an artist, as one is learned, as one is a poet.

  • Nick found no difficulty in eating this—it was a dish fit for any gourmand.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • You may safely become a gourmand with respect to these wild flavors.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • I was recalling a remark you made the first evening I met you,that you were a gourmand.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
  • There is an advantage in belonging to this faith, as I was led to understand by a gourmand.

  • I love the exquisite and the excellent; I am a gourmand in all things.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • And there, believe me, is one of the charms of travel, even to the man who is not a gourmand.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for gourmand


/ˈɡʊəmənd; French ɡurmɑ̃/
a person devoted to eating and drinking, esp to excess
Derived Forms
gourmandism, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gourmant, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gourmand

late 15c., "glutton," from Middle French gourmant "glutton," originally an adj., "gluttonous," of uncertain origin. Not connected with gourmet. Meaning "one fond of good eating" is from 1758.

The gourmand is one whose chief pleasure is eating; but a gourmet is a connoisseur of food and wines. In England the difference is this: a gourmand regards quantity more than quality, a gourmet quality more than quantity. [Brewer, "Dictionary of Phrase and Fable," Philadelphia, 1898]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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