a connoisseur of good food; gourmet; epicure.

Also gas·tron·o·mer [ga-stron-uh-mer] /gæˈstrɒn ə mər/, gas·tron·o·mist.

Origin of gastronome

1815–25; < French, back formation from gastronomie gastronomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gastronome

Historical Examples of gastronome

  • A gastronome of the old school who preserves the simple tastes and adheres to the natural diet of the pre-pork period.

  • The Parisian is without a rival as an epicure and a gastronome, and he associates no stigma with the epithet.

    Dumas' Paris

    Francis Miltoun

  • In Sir Kenelm's receipts for cookery the gastronome would find something to amuse him, and more to arouse his horror.

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • Well, the canon and his niece embarked on board the Gastronome, laden with all that could tempt or satisfy appetite.

British Dictionary definitions for gastronome


gastronomer (ɡæsˈtrɒnəmə) or gastronomist


less common words for gourmet
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Word Origin and History for gastronome

1823, from French gastronome, a back-formation from gastronomie (see gastronomy). Alternative gastronomer is recorded from 1820.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper