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 gastronomy

Contemporary Examples of gastronomy

  • He has a doctorate in art history from Oxford University, and has written on aesthetic topics ranging from Facebook to gastronomy.

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    Blake Gopnik

    February 20, 2011

  • This city has every single level of gastronomy that one can imagine.

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    Fresh Picks

    George Mendes

    September 7, 2010

  • Cookbook This is the encyclopedia of gastronomy—a classic text on the art of French cuisine.

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    Clotilde Dusoulier

    January 12, 2010

Historical Examples of gastronomy

  • It is merely the sum and substance of our practical experience in gastronomy.

  • If the youth of the land were instructed in gastronomy we would all be wiser and better.

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    Edgar Saltus

  • By this time you ought to have some knowledge of gastronomy.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • Gastronomy and literature blended for him into a double bliss.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • This must have had an excellent effect on the art of gastronomy.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

British Dictionary definitions for gastronomy



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 gastronomy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper