[goo r-mahnd, goo r-muh nd]
- a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess.
- a gourmet; epicure.
Origin of gourmand
1400–50; late Middle English gourmaunt < Old French gormant a glutton
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Examples from the Web for gourmandism
His gourmandism was a highly agreeable trait; and to hear him talk of roast-meat was as appetizing as a pickle or an oyster.The Scarlet Letter
As soon as he had appeased his appetite, or his gourmandism, he went to look to the economy of the establishment.Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)
William Davy Watson
- a person devoted to eating and drinking, esp to excess
C15: from Old French gourmant, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for gourmandism
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]
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