Anticipating a delicious meal shortly, we have found ourselves in rival camps of gourmets and epicures. My OED searching suggests these are, essentially, the same. Do you agree ?

OED entry for gourmet:

A connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.

OED entry for epicure:

A person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink.

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    The question is - Do you consider the two words to be synonyms. The research - OED - is in front of you. – Dan Mar 15 '15 at 16:29
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    @Mari-LouA, clearly related. The question is simply whether, in modern English, an epicurean and a gourmet are the same thing. – Dan Mar 15 '15 at 17:23
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    @Mari-LouA Done as requested. For the life of me I don't understand why so much attention is spent correcting a perfectly simple question. Do you have an answer, please? – Dan Mar 15 '15 at 17:42

They are similar enough to be considered synonyms, but they are not exactly the same.

Gourmet refers to food and drink exclusively. In contrast, epicure hints at sensual pleasures in addition to food and drink, with both the OED and Merriam-Webster focusing the meaning of the word as being "especially" related to food and drink -- implying there's more beyond food and drink.

  • Can you give citations to support this please ? – Dan Mar 15 '15 at 17:20
  • @Dan - added a reference – Ghopper21 Mar 15 '15 at 21:11

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