[goor-mey, goor-mey]
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.

1810–20; < French; Old French gromet, grommes valet (especially of a wine merchant)

1. gastronome, bon vivant.
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gourmet (ˈɡʊəmeɪ, French ɡurmɛ)
a person who cultivates a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good food and drink
[C19: from French, from Old French gromet serving boy]

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Word Origin & History

1820, from Fr. gourmet, altered (by infl. of M.Fr. gourmant "glutton") from O.Fr. grommes (pl.) "wine-tasters, wine merchant's servants," of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
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.
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