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
- ‘He was what the French would call a gourmand and most psychiatrists a compulsive eater.’
- ‘The room was half filled with elderly contessas and solitary, beef-eating gourmands, with napkins stuck in their collars.’
- ‘In addition, the festival brings tourists and gourmands to the island.’
- ‘As gourmands for the night, we all mopped our plates appreciatively with fine home-made bread.’
- ‘Doron and Liz, ever gourmands, couldn't resist ordering a few slices.’
- ‘I realise I'm doing what gourmands never do - reveal their favourite restaurants for fear of overpopulising, however…’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After an appetizer like this, the grateful gourmand finds that he has regained his interest in dining.’
- ‘For the gourmand there are homemade pickles and jams.’
- ‘For gourmands, there is a choice of four restaurants, including two speciality restaurants - Signatures and Latitudes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At The Bamboo Hut, dig into the spread and savour some exquisite preparations that are sure to satiate the gourmand in you.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A connoisseur of good food.
gourmet, gastronome, connoisseurView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Aspiring gourmands must first begin by collecting the raw ingredients.’
- ‘The gourmands not only developed recipes, which focused on the quality of the food, but they also advocated a lifestyle that revered eating.’
- ‘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 mean ‘a connoisseur of good food,’ but gourmand more usually means ‘a person who enjoys eating and often overeats.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, of unknown origin.
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