[goor-mey, goor-mey]


a connoisseur of fine food and drink; epicure.


of or characteristic of a gourmet, especially in involving or purporting to involve high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation: gourmet meals; gourmet cooking.
elaborately equipped for the preparation of fancy, specialized, or exotic meals: a gourmet kitchen.

Origin of gourmet

1810–20; < French; Old French gromet, grommes valet (especially of a wine merchant)

Synonyms for gourmet

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  • But Nodier was far from being the gourmet that Dumas supposed him to be.

  • He was catering for a gourmet in Furneaux, and rose to the requisite height.

  • Like its congeners it forms a delicate morsel to the gourmet.

  • Rubbish, by the way, is not good eating, but an essayist should not be a gourmet—in the country.

  • But, in making this confession, I am neither gourmand nor gourmet.


    (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner

British Dictionary definitions for gourmet



a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink

Word Origin for gourmet

C19: from French, from Old French gromet serving boy
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Word Origin and History for gourmet

"connoisseur in eating and drinking," 1820, from French gourmet, altered (by influence of Middle French gourmant "glutton") from Old French groume, originally "wine-taster, wine merchant's servant" (in 13c. "a lad generally"), of uncertain origin. As an adjective from 1900. Cf. gourmand.

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