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gourmet

[goo r-mey, goo r-mey] /gʊərˈmeɪ, ˈgʊər meɪ/
noun
1.
a connoisseur of fine food and drink; epicure.
adjective
2.
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.
3.
elaborately equipped for the preparation of fancy, specialized, or exotic meals:
a gourmet kitchen.
Origin of gourmet
1810-1820
1810-20; < French; Old French gromet, grommes valet (especially of a wine merchant)
Synonyms
1. gastronome, bon vivant.
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gourmet

/ˈɡʊəmeɪ; French ɡurmɛ/
noun
1.
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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n.

"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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