epicure
noun Etymology: Epicurus Date: 1565 1. archaic one devoted to sensual pleasure ; sybarite 2. one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine Synonyms: epicure, gourmet, gourmand, gastronome mean one who takes pleasure in eating and drinking. epicure implies fastidiousness and voluptuousness of taste. gourmet implies being a connoisseur in food and drink and the discriminating enjoyment of them. gourmand implies a hearty appetite for good food and drink, not without discernment, but with less than a gourmet's. gastronome implies that one has studied extensively the history and rituals of haute cuisine.

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