Sometimes people confuse the words “gourmet” and “gourmand” because the words sound similar and they both have to do with food. Both a gourmet and a gourmand love food, but they love it differently.
Both words come from French, but surprisingly, even though they sound so much alike, they have different roots.
“Gourmand” comes from a French word that means “glutton,” and a gourmand is, indeed, a glutton of food and drink. For example, you might say,
- Hans saw the buffet as an opportunity to be a gourmand, trying every item available.