deipnosophist


deipnosophist

noun

  1. a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.

noun

  1. rare a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
n.

“gourmand,” 1650s, from Greek deipnosophistes “one learned in the mysteries of the kitchen,” from deipnon “chief meal, dinner” (of unknown origin) + sophistes “master of a craft” (see sophist). the word has come down thanks to “Deipnosophistai,” 3c. work on gastronomy by Athenaeus.

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