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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡʊɹˈmeɪ/, /ˈɡʊɹmeɪ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʊəmeɪ/, /ˈɡɔːmeɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

AdjectiveEdit

gourmet (not comparable)

  1. (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.

Usage notesEdit

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.

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NounEdit

gourmet (plural gourmets)

  1. A connoisseur in eating and drinking; someone who takes their food seriously.

Usage notesEdit

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.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gourmet m (plural gourmets)

  1. (of wines) a wine expert, especially one who is adept at determining the label, date, and sundry other qualities solely by smatch
  2. (more commonly) a culinary connoisseur, gourmet

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EtymologyEdit

French

NounEdit

gourmet m, f (invariable)

  1. gourmet

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Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gourmet (plural gourmet, comparable)

  1. (of food) gourmet; fine

NounEdit

gourmet m f (plural gourmets)

  1. gourmet (a person who appreciates good food)

SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gourmet (plural gourmets)

  1. gourmet