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[goo r-mey, goo r-mey] /gʊərˈmeɪ, ˈgʊər meɪ/
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
1810-20; < French; Old French gromet, grommes valet (especially of a wine merchant)
1. gastronome, bon vivant. Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • Like its congeners it forms a delicate morsel to the gourmet.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Rubbish, by the way, is not good eating, but an essayist should not be a gourmet—in the country.

  • But, in making this confession, I am neither gourmand nor gourmet.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for gourmet


/ˈɡʊəmeɪ; French ɡurmɛ/
a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French gromet serving boy
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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.

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