con·​nois·​seur | \ ˌkä-nə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio) also -ˈsu̇r \

Essential Meaning of connoisseur

: a person who knows a lot about something (such as art, wine, food, etc.) : an expert in a particular subject wine connoisseurs She is a connoisseur of African art.

Full Definition of connoisseur

1 : 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
2 : one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties a connoisseur of fine wines

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connoisseurship \ ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship How to pronounce connoisseur (audio) also  -​ˈsu̇r-​ \ noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web The hotel even has its own tea connoisseur, who travels the globe to bring back rare and interesting blends to this fine London hotspot. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 Claire Saffitz could be considered the confectionary connoisseur of our time. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2021 Think of it as getting the cannabis connoisseur who has everything something to wrap it in. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Avi, on the other hand, is a connoisseur who enjoys chicken and plant-based versions, and so his opinion seemed more important. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 Providing a full barista experience, the smart coffee machine enables orders to be created remotely through the Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect™–it’s truly every espresso connoisseur’s (and tea-lover’s) dream. Amy Gunia, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 Ronald Reagan—a connoisseur of woolly conspiracy theorizing and apocalyptic biblical fantasies—was launching his second term in office on the heels of a historic landslide reelection campaign. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 As a fashion connoisseur, the first thing Erivo does before any workout is choose her outfit, coordinating everything from her hat to her shoes. Vanessa Etienne,, 10 Nov. 2021 Viewed as a philistine for his simple habits and frugality, the king was in fact a connoisseur who oversaw the founding of the Royal Academy for artists and acted as a patron to neoclassical architects and Baroque composers. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of connoisseur

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for connoisseur

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

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“Connoisseur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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con·​nois·​seur | \ ˌkä-nə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio) \

Kids Definition of connoisseur

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

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