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Friday, November 27, 2009

Definitions for gourmand

  1. One who eats to excess.
  2. A lover of good food.

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Citations for gourmand
A gourmand who zealously avoids all exercise as "seriously damaging to one's health," he had caviar for breakfast and was now having oysters for lunch, whetted with wine, as he fueled himself for a postprandial reading at the Montauk Club in Brooklyn. , New York Times
Her husband was stigmatised as a 'gourmand' who excessively enjoyed 'the pleasures of the table'. Andrew Motion, Keats
Origin of gourmand
late Middle English
Gourmand is from French gourmand, greedy.

Usage note: A gourmet is one who has discriminating taste in food and wine. A gourmand is one who enjoys food of fine quality, and also one who enjoys food in great quantities. Glutton signifies one who simply eats to excess, without reference to the quality of the fare consumed.