[ goo r-mahnd, goo r-muh nd ]
/ gʊərˈmɑnd, ˈgʊər mənd /


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 gourmandism

  • His gourmandism was a highly agreeable trait; and to hear him talk of roast-meat was as appetizing as a pickle or an oyster.

    The Scarlet Letter|Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • As soon as he had appeased his appetite, or his gourmandism, he went to look to the economy of the establishment.

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3)|William Davy Watson

British Dictionary definitions for gourmandism



/ (ˈɡʊəmənd, French ɡurmɑ̃) /


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 gourmandism



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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