Definition of epicure in US English:



  • A person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink.

    • ‘With effort, she managed to swallow the first soothing mouthful, and she sipped at the water as an epicure would savor a good wine.’
    • ‘I am not one of those epicures who will spend his ducats in search of a new sensation that will gladhand a few obscure tastebuds in the outlands of his tongue.’
    • ‘I am not an epicure, nor a world traveler… but I want to be.’
    • ‘It does not make sense that animals that are on the verge of extinction are caught because of a minority of epicures.’
    • ‘Liquor stores are plentiful and there are even gourmet shops for the epicures.’
    • ‘You might translate this as glutton, or epicure, depending on personal prejudice.’
    • ‘The assembled epicures praised this exquisite tea.’
    • ‘But England was otherwise no country for the epicure.’
    • ‘With increased demand for terrapins by epicures, prices soared and a market was born to supply the big eastern cities of Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.’
    • ‘But whatever they like to be called, be it gastronome or gourmet, bon viveur or epicure, tell them: make your way to the Rose and Crown, Sutton-on-the-Forest.’
    • ‘Ben and I decided that it was good that we tried it with each other, so this way we don't have to sit across from some epicure someday and pretend to relish ‘insect meat’.’
    • ‘But I'll wager that they and everyone else, from epicure to hunger activist, will soon be consulting these volumes as a quick route to erudition.’
    • ‘Just to establish my historical track record I will quote one of the great epicures whose advice has survived for 2,350 years, Archestratus of Gela in Sicily.’
    • ‘What the Indians didn't know was that hickory nut oil was considered a delicacy by French epicures in New Orleans.’
    • ‘I've come to the conclusion that one of the many variables that defines an epicure, is the ability to stop at more than one restaurant in the course of an evening, in order to complete the dining experience.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but smile as Joe, an epicure of Italian descent, tried his first spoonful of pelmeni soup.’
    • ‘The least developed of all, in Tarzan, was the sense of taste, for he could eat luscious fruits, or raw flesh, long buried, with almost equal appreciation; but in that he differed but slightly from more civilized epicures.’
    • ‘But she, no epicure, would never describe herself that way.’
    • ‘We passed on it in favor of a steakhouse down the street with one thing on the menu, filet mignon in four sizes, he making no pretensions of being an epicure.’
    • ‘Not even a black belt epicure could handle this dry grain where every pellet is an individual.’
    gourmet, gastronome, gourmand, connoisseur
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Late Middle English (denoting a disciple of Epicurus): via medieval Latin from Greek Epikouros ‘Epicurus’.