• WordNet 3.6
    • n epicure a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epicure A follower of Epicurus; an Epicurean.
    • Epicure One devoted to dainty or luxurious sensual enjoyments, esp. to the luxuries of the table.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epicure [cap. or lowercase] A follower of Epicurus; an Epicurean: seldom, if ever, used without odium.
    • n epicure Popularly (owing to a misrepresentation of the ethical part of the doctrines of Epicurus), one given up to sensual enjoyment, and especially to the pleasures of eating and drinking; a gormand; a person of luxurious tastes and habits.
    • n epicure Synonyms Epicure, Gourmet, and Gormand agree in representing one who cares a great deal for the pleasures of the table. The epicure selects with a fastidious taste, but is luxurious in the supply of that which he likes. The gourmet is a connoisseur in food and drink, and a dainty feeder. The gormand differs from a glutton only in having a more discriminating taste.
    • epicure To live like an epicure; epicurize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epicure ep′i-kūr a follower of Epicurus (341-270 B.C.), a Greek philosopher, who taught that pleasure was the chief good: one given to sensual enjoyment: one devoted to the luxuries of the table
    • n Epicure a follower of Epicurus: one given to the luxuries of the table
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Epicurus, Gr. , a famous Greek philosopher, who has been regarded, but erroneously, as teaching a doctrine of refined voluptuousness


In literature:

And then he must have a winding road, the epicure.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Epicures, and tasters of wines and teas, afford examples.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Dupin was there too, and he looked an epicure's satisfaction as they stood his victim against the wall.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
It was plain that, like so many of the extremely religious in the days before teetotalism, Attwater had a dash of the epicure.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
His "pea-soup" will be oysters and champagne, and every other delicacy relished by epicures.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Henry Denvil had never been an epicure; now he lived from hand to mouth.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Francis is an epicure of religion; he is a Hellene; he loves God as the work of his own creation, as the fruit of his own soul.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
An epicure and a voluptuary, he had lived in extraordinary luxury.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
She ate her eggs and drank her milk with an appetite, which, to an epicure, would have been a surprise.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
In contrast to a steady diet of bacon it was a feast fit for epicures.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford

In poetry:

I. To-day around my HARP I twin'd
A rose , whose bosom veil'd a fly,
Some insect Epicure in bliss,
Who sip'd her dews, and breath'd her sigh;
"The Musical Fly" by Sydney Owenson
When Dives, in his silks, a figure made,
And cocker'd up himself with costly fare,
Death came and slew him, for his proud parade:
Fopplings and Epicures, of death beware.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
Our Saviour tells all Christians to beware,
Lest they with sots and Epicures shou'd eat,
And bids them shun them with an equal care,
As they wou'd from the plague itself retreat.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
E'en man, in secret, with the flow'r of wheat,
And those rich liquors Epicures so prize,
With roast and boil'd, and many kinds of meat,
Our God, and none but God alone, supplies.
"Another" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Martha Stewart Show talks to Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, coauthors of Jellymongers (Sterling Epicure, ISBN 978-1402784804).
LA's 'Mochi ice cream' epicure Frances Hashimoto dies at 69.
The ladies of the Epicure .
Thumbing through an old volume of the White Center News this week I spotted a picture of the officers of the Kiwanis club taken at a meeting at the once famous Epicure restaurant.
Yes, I am sad to report that you are reading what is to be the final installment of Penniless Epicure published by Manhattan Media.
But before he did, this epicure of the first century A.D.
Dacor introduced the Epicure 30 gas range in a freestanding model with a six-inch backguard or a flexible island design.
Like Water for Chocolate at Epicure's Revue.
Appliance maker DACOR(R) has announced the introduction of its Epicure WineSteward and Epicure Beverage Center.
It takes a lot to get ready for the big meal and Epicures Catering and volunteers are stepping up to the plate.
Courtesy of Sterling Epicure New PDT cocktail book contains 300 recipes from the famed New York bar.
Epicure.sb pays tribute to restaurants, chefs, and winemakers.
Epicure.sb is Santa Barbara's month-long spotlight on local chefs, restaurants, and dishes.
A MONTH OF MMM-ING: epicure.sb may have gone the lowercase route in terms of its name, but what it represents is big.
Posted in Eat & Drink, The Penniless Epicure.