One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who enjoys eating and often eats too much.
glutton, gourmandizer, overeater, big eater, good eater, trencherman, good trencherman, trencherwoman, good trencherwomanView synonyms
- ‘The Aurora is a gourmand's delight, and there is little opportunity to go hungry - what with huge breakfasts, lunches and dinners punctuated by mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.’
- ‘Of course, the gourmand in them relish the food and wine.’
- ‘Like airline food, university cafeterias rarely have a strong and loyal following among the discerning gourmands they serve.’
- ‘The event was an absolute delight for gourmands with a ‘smorgasbord’ of delicacies on offer from each country.’
- ‘After an appetizer like this, the grateful gourmand finds that he has regained his interest in dining.’
- ‘I realise I'm doing what gourmands never do - reveal their favourite restaurants for fear of overpopulising, however…’
- ‘For the gourmand there are homemade pickles and jams.’
- ‘As gourmands for the night, we all mopped our plates appreciatively with fine home-made bread.’
- ‘For gourmands, there is a choice of four restaurants, including two speciality restaurants - Signatures and Latitudes.’
- ‘He was what the French would call a gourmand and most psychiatrists a compulsive eater.’
- ‘In addition, the festival brings tourists and gourmands to the island.’
- ‘The room was half filled with elderly contessas and solitary, beef-eating gourmands, with napkins stuck in their collars.’
- ‘The innkeepers, two unabashed gourmands by the name of Tony and Jerry, treat their guests to elaborate breakfasts and teas each day, and we quickly fell under the sway of their kitchen.’
- ‘Doron and Liz, ever gourmands, couldn't resist ordering a few slices.’
- ‘Each room crammed full of stock was a gourmand's delight - an endless supply of canned peaches, pears, pineapple, guavas, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and apricot jam.’
- ‘At The Bamboo Hut, dig into the spread and savour some exquisite preparations that are sure to satiate the gourmand in you.’
- 1.1 A connoisseur of good food; a gourmet.
gourmet, gastronome, connoisseurView synonyms
- ‘There are very few salads that can so fully exercise the taste buds and provide the eye with such a visual feast, and few dishes that give gourmands such opportunity to play with different flavors and textures.’
- ‘The gourmands not only developed recipes, which focused on the quality of the food, but they also advocated a lifestyle that revered eating.’
- ‘Aspiring gourmands must first begin by collecting the raw ingredients.’
- ‘Another food and drink festival is now over, but gourmets and gourmands alike will already be looking forward to whetting their palates at next year's.’
- ‘Opened 75 years ago, one of the hotel's earliest visitors was the crime writer Agatha Christie, who also fancied herself as a bit of a gourmand.’
- ‘I think it's okay, which just goes to show that I'm not exactly a world-class gourmand; but I like the idea that there's a better one out there, not too far away.’
- ‘I've loved seeing the topic of wine hit mainstream publications that aren't written just for gourmands.’
- ‘The food is the best I've had in an institution - and believe me, by the end of the summer I had become quite the hospital food gourmand.’
The words gourmand and gourmet overlap in meaning but are not identical. Both can be used to mean ‘a connoisseur of good food’ but gourmand is more usually used to mean ‘a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much’
Late Middle English: from Old French, of unknown origin.
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