Definition of gourmet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡʊəmeɪ/


1A connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.
Example sentences
  • 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;
French bon vivant, bon viveur
informal foodie
1.1 [as modifier] Of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet: a gourmet meal
More example sentences
  • 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.


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


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

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