Part of speech: noun
Origin: Late Middle English from Old French, of unknown origin
One who loves eating and drinking to an excessive degree
One who is interested in or an expert in quality food and drink
Examples of Gourmand in a sentence
"I know I spend too much at restaurants, but I can't help it if I'm a gourmand."
"Marie is quite the gourmand; she should consider becoming a restaurant critic."
While gourmand now simply describes someone who takes great pleasure in consuming great food and drinks, it didn't always have this neutral connotation. Gourmand was once used to describe someone who was a glutton, devoting so much of their time and energy to food and drink that it became an addiction.
Did you Know?
Gourmand is sometimes wrongfully interchanged with chef, but they are not synonyms. A chef may be a gourmand, but a gourmand need not be a chef.