[goo r-mahnd, goo r-muh nd]


a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess.
a gourmet; epicure.

Also gormand.

Origin of gourmand

1400–50; late Middle English gourmaunt < Old French gormant a glutton
Related formsgour·mand·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for gourmand

Contemporary Examples of gourmand

  • Beltrán Leyva, a gourmand, was savoring his tamale with its filling of roasted corn.

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    Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali

    Jason McGahan

    October 19, 2014

  • They gleefully bathe in fresh entrails; they rip the limbs off human bodies like a gourmand digging into a fresh lobster.

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    Stoker Family Values

    Matthew Shaer

    October 30, 2009

  • One meal prepared for me by artist, writer, and gourmand Claude Tayag in the city of Angeles ranks with any I have ever eaten.

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    My Year of Eating Dangerously

    Simon Majumdar

    July 7, 2009

Historical Examples of gourmand

  • One is a gourmand as one is an artist, as one is learned, as one is a poet.

  • Nick found no difficulty in eating this—it was a dish fit for any gourmand.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • You may safely become a gourmand with respect to these wild flavors.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • I was recalling a remark you made the first evening I met you,that you were a gourmand.

    Meg, of Valencia

    Myra Williams Jarrell

  • There is an advantage in belonging to this faith, as I was led to understand by a gourmand.

British Dictionary definitions for gourmand




a person devoted to eating and drinking, esp to excess
Derived Formsgourmandism, noun

Word Origin for gourmand

C15: from Old French gourmant, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for gourmand

late 15c., "glutton," from Middle French gourmant "glutton," originally an adj., "gluttonous," of uncertain origin. Not connected with gourmet. Meaning "one fond of good eating" is from 1758.

The gourmand is one whose chief pleasure is eating; but a gourmet is a connoisseur of food and wines. In England the difference is this: a gourmand regards quantity more than quality, a gourmet quality more than quantity. [Brewer, "Dictionary of Phrase and Fable," Philadelphia, 1898]
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