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[goo r-mey, goo r-mey] /gʊərˈmeɪ, ˈgʊər meɪ/
a connoisseur of fine food and drink; epicure.
of or characteristic of a gourmet, especially in involving or purporting to involve high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation:
gourmet meals; gourmet cooking.
elaborately equipped for the preparation of fancy, specialized, or exotic meals:
a gourmet kitchen.
Origin of gourmet
1810-20; < French; Old French gromet, grommes valet (especially of a wine merchant)
1. gastronome, bon vivant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gourmet
  • gourmet food, sports tickets, and vacation cabins are zesty additions to the standard benefits menu.
  • The rest of the gourmet world is gradually catching up.
  • The owner and chef is a slow food fan and specializes in gourmet presentation.
  • Top off a hike or ride with a basket of gourmet goodies packed in style.
  • For any gourmet of cultural criticism with an unabashed taste for truth, this is the prime-cut book of the year.
  • gourmet chocolate bars are the equivalent of a designer handbag.
  • The quest for new food items is popular anyway, and foraging has become a gourmet hobby.
  • gourmet played it pretty straight with their coverage of the top five tastes of inauguration weekend.
  • To paraphrase, you can eat at a gourmet restaurant or a fast food joint.
  • But there are also excellent deals available for the questing gourmet.
British Dictionary definitions for gourmet


/ˈɡʊəmeɪ; French ɡurmɛ/
a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French gromet serving boy
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Word Origin and History for gourmet

"connoisseur in eating and drinking," 1820, from French gourmet, altered (by influence of Middle French gourmant "glutton") from Old French groume, originally "wine-taster, wine merchant's servant" (in 13c. "a lad generally"), of uncertain origin. As an adjective from 1900. Cf. gourmand.

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