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


a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

Nearby words

  1. deinonychus,
  2. deinstitutionalization,
  3. deinstitutionalize,
  4. deionization,
  5. deionize,
  6. deira,
  7. deirdre,
  8. deism,
  9. deisolate,
  10. deist

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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Word Origin and History for deipnosophist



"gourmand," 1650s, from Greek deipnosophistes "one learned in the mysteries of the kitchen," from deipnon "chief meal, dinner" (of unknown origin) + sophistes "master of a craft" (see sophist). the word has come down thanks to "Deipnosophistai," 3c. work on gastronomy by Athenaeus.

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