connoisseur

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

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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Other Words from connoisseur

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

Synonyms for connoisseur

Synonyms

cognoscente, dilettante

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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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From the scores of exhibitions to the design studios and art school Marwen, the gallery district is a must for connoisseurs but will also please amateur collectors. Griffin Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "Edge of River North rich with art, fresh eats, arcade games," 6 Oct. 2017 Frozen-bean advocates imagine a day when coffee aficionados can behave like wine connoisseurs, poring over long coffee menus to sample numerous vintages. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Freezing Your Coffee Beans? The Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong," 12 Feb. 2019 In this episode of Viceland’s pizza-focused travel show, the host and pizza connoisseur Frank Pinello (who also owns Best Pizza in Brooklyn) scours the Motor City for the best slices. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Ricky Gervais: Humanity’ and ‘The Shape of Water’," 13 Mar. 2018 Blend, which has locations in Indianapolis, Nashville and Pittsburgh, is intent on catering to the connoisseur class. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New upscale cigar lounge lights up in The Woodlands," 17 Jan. 2018 But even among connoisseurs tribalism often won out; the point of soccer was still to chant and cheer, not analyze and admire. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 There are health-care conventions, and gatherings of tattoo connoisseurs, and conventions for people who believe in the supernatural, and conventions for people who merely love their cats. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "G-FEST: Everything you never wanted to know about giant lizards — 25 years worth, actually," 10 July 2018 For those with more discerning power supply tastes, this UPS delivers square waveform power, not the more succulent pure sine waves that connoisseurs look for. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply," 9 Oct. 2018 The release became a favorite of hip-hop connoisseurs for its abstract production and politically progressive lyrics; all these years later, recent hints at a sequel have garnered headlines. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of connoisseur

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

connoisseur

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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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