Definition of gusto in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌstəʊ


[mass noun]
1Enjoyment and enthusiasm in doing something: Hawkins tucked into his breakfast with gusto
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  • He appeared completely recovered as he slid into his seat with a smile and ate his large breakfast with gusto.
  • I taped the liturgy, played the tape in the car, and sang along with gusto.
  • In the musical numbers soloists and chorus sang with gusto.
enthusiasm, relish, appetite, enjoyment, delight, glee, pleasure, satisfaction, gratification, appreciation, liking, fondness;
zest, zeal, fervour, verve, keenness, avidity
humorous delectation
1.1 [in singular] archaic A relish or liking: he had a particular gusto for those sort of performances
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  • He had a grand gusto for the society he liked.
2 archaic The style in which a work of art is executed.
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  • We should think that in the gusto of form and a noble freedom of outline, Michael Angelo could hardly have surpassed this figure.


early 17th century: from Italian, from Latin gustus 'taste'.

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