[ dahyp-nos-uh-fist ]
/ daɪpˈnɒs ə fɪst /


a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

Origin of deipnosophist

1650–60; after a literary work by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistḗs, an expert in affairs of the kitchen, equivalent to Greek deîpno(n) meal + sophistḗs sophist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deipnosophist

  • I'll apologize, Wilks, for the deipnosophist part of it, but I'll be jiggered if I'll be responsible for your nasty gastronomy.

    Two Knapsacks|John Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for deipnosophist


/ (daɪpˈnɒsəfɪst) /


rare a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation

Word Origin for deipnosophist

C17: from Greek deipnosophistai, title of a Greek work by Athenaeus (3rd century), describing learned discussions at a banquet, from deipnon meal + sophistai wise men; see sophist
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