Deipnosophist Deip*nos"o*phist (d[imac]p*n[o^]s"[-o]*f[i^]st), n. [Gr. deipnosofisth`s; dei^pnon a meal + sofisth`s a wise man, sophist.] One of an ancient sect of philosophers, who cultivated learned conversation at meals. [1913 Webster]

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  • deipnosophist — gourmand, 1650s, from Gk. deipnosophistes one learned in the mysteries of the kitchen, from deipnon chief meal, dinner (of unknown origin) + sophistes master of a craft. the word has come down thanks to Deipnosophistai, 3c. work on gastronomy by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • deipnosophist — /duyp nos euh fist/, n. a person who is an adept conversationalist at table. [1650 60; after a literary work by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistés, an expert in affairs of the kitchen, equiv. to Gk deîpno(n) meal + sophistés SOPHIST] * * * …   Universalium

  • deipnosophist — noun a) one of an ancient group of philosophers, who engaged in learned dialogue at meals b) a person skilled at informal, across the table small talk …   Wiktionary

  • deipnosophist — deip·nos·o·phist …   English syllables

  • deipnosophist — /daɪpˈnɒsəfəst/ (say duyp nosuhfuhst) noun a master of the art of dining, especially of conversation at table. {Greek deipnosophistai (plural) kitchen sophists, title of a work by Athenaeus (?AD 228) …   Australian English dictionary

  • deipnosophist —   n. person expert in art of table talk.    ♦ deipnosophistic, a.    ♦ deipnosophism, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • deipnosophist — noun someone skilled at informal chitchat • Hypernyms: ↑conversationalist, ↑conversationist, ↑schmoozer …   Useful english dictionary

  • CONVIVIA — vide de iis iam aliquid supra, in voce Cibus: item Cena. In iis, Varro convivarum numerum incipere voluit a Gratiarum numero. et progredi ad Musarum, quibus Apollinem quoque suum indulget Erasinus. Vettius tamen apud Macrob. l. 1. Saturn. c. 7.… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • ATHENÆUS —    a Greek writer of the 3rd century, wrote a curious miscellany of a book entitled Deipnosophistæ, or the Suppers of the Learned, extant only in an imperfect state …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • conversationist — noun someone skilled at conversation • Syn: ↑conversationalist, ↑schmoozer • Derivationally related forms: ↑schmooze (for: ↑schmoozer), ↑conversation, ↑conversation …   Useful english dictionary

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