noun con·nois·seur \ˌkä-nə-ˈsər also -ˈsr\

: a person who knows a lot about something (such as art, wine, food, etc.) : an expert in a particular subject

Full Definition of CONNOISSEUR

:  expert; especially :  one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge
:  one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties <a connoisseur of fine wines>
con·nois·seur·ship \-ˌship\ noun


  1. She is a connoisseur of African art.
  2. <a forthcoming exhibit at the art museum that is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs of ancient Greek pottery>
  3. Sean P. Diddy Combs, now starring in Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun, takes his grooming rituals seriously. I take a bath around 3 a.m. when I get home to wind down. I'm a bath connoisseur, says Combs, 34. I have bath salts, bath beads—I can make you the best bath in the world. —Ann Marie Cruz, People, 14 June 2004


obsolete French (now connaisseur), from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere — more at cognition
First Known Use: 1714
CONNOISSEUR Defined for Kids


noun con·nois·seur \ˌkä-nə-ˈsər\

Definition of CONNOISSEUR for Kids

:  a person qualified to act as a judge in matters involving taste and appreciation


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