gourmand (plural gourmands)
- A person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink; a greedy or ravenous eater.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803, page 5:
- The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it. […] But there was not a more lascivious reprobate and gourmand in all London than this same Greystone.
- A person who appreciates good food.
- (person given to excess consumption): glutton, trencherman, see also Thesaurus:glutton
- (person who appreciates food): chowhound, gastronaut, gourmet
- (person with a special interest or knowledge of food): foodie
- eating a lot
- (more recently) having a love for good food, demanding of food quality
- a person who eats a lot, or who has refined tastes in food
The French and English usages of this word are false friends. While the English word has evolved to emphasize the excesses of a gourmand, the French word has become more associated with refined tastes in food. See also gourmet, which has considerable overlap with this word.
- “gourmand” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
gourmand m, f (plural gourmands)
- “gourmand” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.