the art or science of good eating.
a style of cooking or eating.

Origin of gastronomy

1805–15; < French gastronomie < Greek gastronómia. See gastro-, -nomy
Related formsgas·tro·nom·ic [gas-truh-nom-ik] /ˌgæs trəˈnɒm ɪk/, gas·tro·nom·i·cal, adjectivegas·tro·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gastronomic

Contemporary Examples of gastronomic

  • Since 1837, Pasteis de Belem has satiated the city's sweet tooth, becoming a landmark of Portuguese gastronomic pride.

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    Portugal's Kings of Pastry

    Molly Hannon

    April 5, 2011

  • UNESCO recently deemed "the gastronomic meal of the French" an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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    All Hail the French Meal

    Amelia Smith

    December 6, 2010

  • Gastronomic haute cuisine with a bistro setting and attitude.

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    Confessions of a Mad Scientist

    Katie Workman

    August 18, 2009

  • The idea of turning a burger into a gastronomic tour de force is a well-trodden path.

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    The Humble Burger Goes Glam

    Katie Workman

    June 30, 2009

Historical Examples of gastronomic

  • Our perceptions, æsthetic and gastronomic, were unequally developed.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

  • Baisemeaux was the only one who ate and drank with gastronomic resolution.

    Louise de la Valliere

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • But these poems are far more than mere erotic or gastronomic diversions.


    Horace Barnett Samuel

  • He was, in fact, the life and soul of our gastronomic runions.

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed

    Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin

  • They produce masterpieces of gastronomic skill at a moderate cost.

British Dictionary definitions for gastronomic




of or relating to food and cookery, esp the art of good eating
Derived Formsgastronomically, adverb



the art of good eating
the type of cookery of a particular regionthe gastronomy of Provence

Word Origin for gastronomy

C19: from French gastronomie, from Greek gastronomia, from gastēr stomach; see -nomy
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Word Origin and History for gastronomic

1828, from French gastronomique, from gastronomie (see gastronomy). Related: Gastronomical; gastronomically.



1814, from French gastronomie, coined 1800 by Joseph de Berchoux (1762-1838) as title of poem on good living, after Gastrologia, title of a now-lost poem of antiquity, quoted by Athenaeus (see gastrology). Berchoux's word is from gaster + nomos "arranging, regulating." Related: Gastronomer.

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