Borrowed from French gourmet, from Middle French gourmet, from Old French groumet (“wine broker, valet in charge of wines, servant”) from Old French grommes (“manservant”), of Germanic origin, akin to Middle English grom, grome (“boy, valet, servant”), of unknown origin, perhaps from Old English *grōma (“male child, boy, youth”) from Old English grōwan (“to grow”). More at groom.
gourmet (not comparable)
- (of food and drink) Fine; of superior quality. [from 1820]
- We need to go to the gourmet grocery store to get the exotic ingredients for this recipe.
- The restaurant offered gourmet coffee and cigars after the meal.
Gourmet has become somewhat debased by marketing usage, and is considered by some a pretentious middlebrow term. Such users tend to prefer terms such as artisanal (emphasizing the craft) for fine food.
gourmet (plural gourmets)
Gourmet emphasizes interest in quality of food and enjoyment of eating, sometimes to an obsessive degree: someone who “lives to eat rather than eating to live”. By contrast, a gourmand is someone more interested in quantity of food than quality.
- a person of refined palate for food and drink, a gourmet, a foodie
- a kind of festive meal, similar to raclette or Chinese hot pot, prepared at the table by the diners in individual pots heated by a raclette grill
See the etymology of the main entry.
Middle French gourmet, from Old French groumet (“wine broker, valet in charge of wines, servant”) from Old French grommes (“manservant”), from Middle English grom, grome (“boy, valet, servant”) of unknown origin, perhaps from Old English *grōma (“male child, boy, youth”) from Old English grōwan (“to grow”). More at groom.
gourmet m (plural gourmets)
- (of wines) a wine expert, especially one who is adept at determining the label, date, and sundry other qualities solely by smatch
- (more commonly) a culinary connoisseur, gourmet
- “gourmet” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- gurmê (rare)
gourmet (plural gourmet, comparable)
gourmet m, f (plural gourmets)
- gourmet (a person who appreciates good food)