Are there words in the English language that are derived from the Latin word gustus?

I am wondering if there are cognates in the English language so that the Spanish phrase "mucho gusto" could possibly be translated to something other than "it is good to meet you."

  • An English word can be derived from Latin (through some loan) or it can be cognate with a Latin word (i.e. both inherited from a common ancestor in Proto-Indo-European), but not both. There actually probably is a true cognate: cost 'manner, way' (not the normal cost). Incidentally, note that English much and Spanish mucho are not related; mucho is from Latin multus, which doesn't have cognates in Germanic.
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    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 1:34

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I can't comment on the Spanish, but I can on the Latin. In fact, the word gusto is an English word, and comes, via Italian, from the Latin gustus.

From Merriam-Webster:

a. an individual or special taste
b. enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation c. vitality marked by an abundance of vigor and enthusiasm

I usually see it in meanings b and c.

There are additional words that come from the same Latin root (like gustatory and disgust), but they come from the verb gustare instead.


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