gourmand (plural gourmands)
- a person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink. A greedy or ravenous eater; a glutton. See gormand.
#:That great gourmand, fat Apicius - Ben Jonson
- a person who appreciates good food. (Usage note: Some people feel this is an erroneous usage and should be gourmet for this sense.)
gourmand m (f gourmande, m plural gourmands, f plural gourmandes)
- eating a lot
- (Modern): having a love for good food, demanding of food quality
- a person who is gourmand.
The French and English usages of this word are false friends. While the English word has evolved to emphasize the excesses of a gourmand, the French word has become more associated with refined tastes in food. See also gourmet which has considerable overlap with the present word.