- Gourmet is defined as someone who enjoys fine food and wine and is good at judging their quality.
An example of a gourmet is the chef, Julia Child.
Origin: Fr from Old French gormet, gromet, servant, wine taster, vintner's assistant: meaning influenced, influence by gourmand
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Origin: French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by gourmand, glutton) of groumet, servant, valet in charge of wines, from Middle English grom, boy, valet.Usage Note: A gourmet is a person with discriminating taste in food and wine, as is a gourmand. Because gourmand can also mean “one who enjoys food in great quantities” or even “a gluttonous eater,” care should be taken to make clear its intended sense. An epicure is much the same as a gourmet, but the word may sometimes carry overtones of excessive refinement. This use of epicure is a misrepresentation of Epicurean philosophy, which, while it professed that pleasure was the highest good, was hardly given to excessive concern with food and drink.