con·​nois·​seur ˌkä-nə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
 also  -ˈsu̇r
: expert
especially : one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge
a connoisseur of music
: one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties
a connoisseur of fine wines
ˌkä-nə-ˈsər-ˌship How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
 also  -ˈsu̇r-

Examples of connoisseur in a Sentence

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
Police reporting had made me a connoisseur of auto accidents. Some people could tell a fake Rembrandt from the real thing; I could tell a run-of-the-mill fender bender from a real accident. Russell Baker, The Good Times, 1989
It was apple juice. Ortiz watched him drink it with all the delicacy of a wine connoisseur sampling new bordeaux. Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, (1988) 1989
He was a voracious reader, a strong critic, an art connoisseur in certain directions, a collector of books, but above all he was a man of the world by profession, and loved the contacts—perhaps the collisions—of society. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
She is a connoisseur of African art. a forthcoming exhibit at the art museum that is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs of ancient Greek pottery
Recent Examples on the Web The actor turned director, beauty icon, and graphic tee connoisseur has done it again, turning heads with yet another legendary hairstyle and corresponding shade. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 12 June 2024 To measure each hotdog, the connoisseur is tasked with recording each wiener's length, diameter, weight and price. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 Though scotch connoisseurs can easily spend hefty sums on their hobby — some bars serve pours priced at more than $700 — Birds of a Feather honed in on the more affordable options. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2024 As a connoisseur of fine diplomacy, Henry Kissinger finds a lot of it to admire in China. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 17 June 2011 See all Example Sentences for connoisseur 

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Word History


obsolete French (now connaisseur), from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere — more at cognition

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of connoisseur was in 1714

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“Connoisseur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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con·​nois·​seur ˌkän-ə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
: an expert in a particular subject (as art or wine)
connoisseurship noun

from obsolete French connoisseur "expert," from early French connoisseor (same meaning), from connoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to know" — related to incognito, recognize

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