From the 3rd-century Ancient Greek Δειπνοσοφισταί (Deipnosophistaí, "The Deipnosophists") by Athenaeus, derived from δειπνο- (deipno-, “deipno-, dinner-”) + σοφιστής (sophistḗs, “one knowledgable in the arts of ~”). Sometimes misunderstood owing to confusion with pejorative senses of sophist.
deipnosophist (plural deipnosophists)
- A master of the art of dining, particularly learned conversation in the manner of Athenaeus's characters.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "deipnosophist, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1894.