deipnosophist

deipnosophist

[dahyp-nos-uh-fist]
noun
a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

Origin:
1650–60; after a literary work by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistḗs, an expert in affairs of the kitchen, equivalent to Greek deîpno(n) meal + sophistḗs sophist

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deipnosophist (daɪpˈnɒsəfɪst)
 
n
rare a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
 
[C17: from Greek deipnosophistai, title of a Greek work by Athenaeus (3rd century), describing learned discussions at a banquet, from deipnon meal + sophistai wise men; see sophist]

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deipnosophist
"gourmand," 1650s, from Gk. deipnosophistes "one learned in the mysteries of the kitchen," from deipnon "chief meal, dinner," + sophistes "master of a craft." the word has come down thanks to "Deipnosophistai," 3c. work on gastronomy by Athenaeus.
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