[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uhn, -kyoor-ee-]


fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.
fit for an epicure: epicurean delicacies.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Epicurus or Epicureanism.


(initial capital letter) a disciple of Epicurus.

Origin of epicurean

1350–1400; Middle English Epicurien < Latin Epicūrē(us) of Epicurus (< Greek Epikoúreios) + -an
Related formsnon·ep·i·cu·re·an, adjective, nounun·ep·i·cu·re·an, adjective

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Antonyms for epicurean

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Historical Examples of epicurean

  • The pheasant was exquisite, and I ate with an epicurean enjoyment.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Rabbi as thou art, thou art an Epicurean; thou sittest in the seat of the scorner.

  • It's as epicurean a distinction as any ever made by theologians.

  • When she did this it was an epicurean thing, savoury, hot, satisfying.


    Edna Ferber

  • And with a stanza of Epicurean optimism from Horace the Essay closes.

British Dictionary definitions for epicurean



devoted to sensual pleasures, esp food and drink; hedonistic
suitable for an epicurean epicurean feast


an epicure; gourmet
Derived Formsepicureanism, noun



of or relating to the philosophy of Epicurus


a follower of the philosophy of Epicurus
Derived FormsEpicureanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for epicurean

late 14c., "follower of the philosophical system of Epicurus;" 1570s, "one devoted to pleasure," from Old French Epicurien, or from epicure + -ian. As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s with the meaning "pleasure-loving."

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