Definition of gourmet in English:


Syllabification: gour·met
Pronunciation: /ˌgôrˈmā, ˌgo͝or-


  • 1A connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.
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    • Now gourmets can treat their palates to real Turkish food.
    • From September 1 to October 31, a German Food Festival offers gourmets the opportunity to enjoy typical German cuisine in a festive atmosphere reminiscent of the region.
    • The three-day food fiesta provided the gourmets the opportunity to savour cuisines from various corners of the country and abroad.
    gastronome, epicure, epicurean; connoisseur
    informal foodie
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet: a gourmet meal
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    • But take the train from Dublin to Cork and you can enjoy gourmet meals and a trolley service etc.
    • Today wild rice with its nutty flavour and chewy texture is considered a delicacy, often served as part of gourmet meals.
    • Our cook Rona somehow conjures up gourmet meals from a galley no bigger than a telephone box.


early 19th century: French, originally meaning 'wine taster', influenced by gourmand.


On the distinction between gourmet and gourmand, see gourmand (usage).

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