Definition of gourmet in English:

gourmet

noun

  • 1A connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.

    • ‘The lip-smacking aroma of the moist kebabs spreads through the restaurant, ‘Aromas,’ enticing the gourmets.’
    • ‘The food is fine but will not satisfy the gourmets.’
    • ‘The redoubtable chefs have prepared an expansive range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to satisfy the true gourmets.’
    • ‘As gourmets of the world acknowledge, Chinese food vies with that of France for world supremacy.’
    • ‘International gourmets, nutritionists and local media are invited to judge the barbecues.’
    • ‘The dishes satiate the gourmets, who are conscious of their calories, but want to enjoy good food.’
    • ‘Now gourmets can treat their palates to real Turkish food.’
    • ‘Two gourmets were discussing the many ways of cooking aubergines.’
    • ‘And, in the sincere belief that artists know how to eat well, I was off again in search of grub that would make gourmets weep with joy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is happening at the best of restaurants in town, a fusion of the cuisine of the West and East to delight the adventurous gourmets.’
    • ‘The three-day food fiesta provided the gourmets the opportunity to savour cuisines from various corners of the country and abroad.’
    • ‘When a traveling newspaper editor teams up with a gourmet cook and restaurant writer, they seek out getaways for gourmets.’
    • ‘So gourmets, keep your belly free to fill up with different tastes of India and abroad, during this weekend.’
    • ‘They were rewarded in style for dreaming up and creating delectable ice cream and confectionery and whetting the appetites of ultra-discerning gourmets from across the globe.’
    • ‘The French, supposedly a nation of gourmets, also had good things to say about Scottish food, showing a liking for dishes such as haggis.’
    • ‘But the days when Italian gourmets thought Scarborough had nothing to offer but fish and chips - and that English tastes ran to little more than pork pies, steak and kidney pud, and baked beans - are over.’
    • ‘Those who like to savour exotic dishes from around the globe have never had it so good, what with increasing numbers of speciality restaurants opening their doors to discerning gourmets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hotels in the city are busy wooing gourmets with food.’
    gastronome, epicure, epicurean
    connoisseur
    bon vivant, bon viveur
    foodie
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    1. 1.1[as modifier]Of a kind or standard suitable for a gourmet.
      ‘a gourmet meal’
      • ‘The restaurant serves gourmet meals three times daily and we are promised they can choose from a fine selection of wines.’
      • ‘Dinner for two in the hotel's gourmet restaurant costs around £45, with wine.’
      • ‘A wide range of gourmet sausages will be available on the night.’
      • ‘Our cook Rona somehow conjures up gourmet meals from a galley no bigger than a telephone box.’
      • ‘You'll be served a gourmet meal as you speed along and arrive relaxed and refreshed.’
      • ‘Ultimately, this gourmet feast of pan-Asian delicacy was a success, for the artists and those who attended.’
      • ‘For lunch that day we decided to cook a gourmet meal as we had all the time in the world.’
      • ‘They both had that great French talent for making gourmet meals from ordinary materials.’
      • ‘Had I gone for the full three course meal, I could have started with a choice of gourmet soup or seafood chowder.’
      • ‘Native Australian oysters will be on gourmet menus around the world next year, as growers in New South Wales gear up to export.’
      • ‘When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight.’
      • ‘All who attended enjoyed an evening of gourmet seafood, culinary delights & fine wine.’
      • ‘As well as having plenty of fine jazz and gourmet cheeses the club is ensuring people who like a drop or two will certainly not be disappointed.’
      • ‘Organic herbs and vegetables grown on site add distinctive flavors and freshness to gourmet meals.’
      • ‘But take the train from Dublin to Cork and you can enjoy gourmet meals and a trolley service etc.’
      • ‘From his small farm, Charles produces yoghurt, drinking yoghurt and now gourmet goat ice cream as well as cheese.’
      • ‘She discovers that premium rum and gourmet chocolate are unexpectedly thrilling partners’
      • ‘Today wild rice with its nutty flavour and chewy texture is considered a delicacy, often served as part of gourmet meals.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be much of a gourmet meal, but it would satisfy their rumbling stomachs.’
      • ‘I became the house husband, and got quite good at cooking gourmet meals in our very nicely equipped kitchen.’

Usage

On the distinction between gourmet and gourmand, see gourmand

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

gourmet

/ˈɡʊəmeɪ//ˈɡɔːmeɪ/