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  1. the art or science of good eating.
  2. a style of cooking or eating.
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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
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Examples from the Web for gastronomic

Contemporary Examples of gastronomic

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



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


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

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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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