- a connoisseur of fine food and drink; epicure.
- of or characteristic of a gourmet, especially in involving or purporting to involve high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation: gourmet meals; gourmet cooking.
- elaborately equipped for the preparation of fancy, specialized, or exotic meals: a gourmet kitchen.
Origin of gourmet
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Examples from the Web for gourmet
His lyrical word play contains rhymes about gourmet food more often than not.Action Bronson Isn’t Your Typical Rapper
January 3, 2014
Epicurious's iPad app is way better than the website, or the Gourmet cookbook.Food Friday: Why Do We Buy Cookbooks?
October 19, 2012
But there is a pool, gourmet buffet spreads; it is its own perfect place, in a way.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet and author of Garlic and Sapphires and other books, loves Thanksgiving.Food Writers Share Thanksgiving Stories
November 24, 2011
At a meeting concerned with the green economy, gourmet food fills the tables.Davos' Biggest Irony
January 28, 2011
But Nodier was far from being the gourmet that Dumas supposed him to be.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
He was catering for a gourmet in Furneaux, and rose to the requisite height.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
Like its congeners it forms a delicate morsel to the gourmet.Poachers and Poaching
Rubbish, by the way, is not good eating, but an essayist should not be a gourmet—in the country.The Fiend's Delight
But, in making this confession, I am neither gourmand nor gourmet.Windfalls
(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
- a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink
Word Origin and History for gourmet
"connoisseur in eating and drinking," 1820, from French gourmet, altered (by influence of Middle French gourmant "glutton") from Old French groume, originally "wine-taster, wine merchant's servant" (in 13c. "a lad generally"), of uncertain origin. As an adjective from 1900. Cf. gourmand.