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

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 Combine the machine with Nespresso coffee capsules for a gift combo any coffee connoisseur will appreciate. Jennifer Manfrin And Sian Babish,, "Best hidden gems of Black Friday," 27 Nov. 2020 Their clientele is a fraternity to which only the connoisseur may belong. Kurt Vonnegut, The New Yorker, "Letters to Woofy," 23 Nov. 2020 Though Moulin, a connoisseur of modern art, was a product of the French Left, Mr. Cordier became his disciple. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero, Is Dead at 100," 22 Nov. 2020 He was known in his family and to friends as a connoisseur of modern art and haute cuisine. Washington Post, "Bruce Sklarew, psychiatrist who created grief-therapy program, dies at 88," 5 Nov. 2020 Fieg, as a connoisseur of BMWs, personally created the design elements of this M4 Competition, of which only 150 will be built. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2022 BMW M4 Competition Gets Stylish Kith Special Edition," 23 Oct. 2020 The great collections of European paintings in America were assembled, often by the dealer Joseph Duveen and the connoisseur Bernard Berenson, on something like the same unequal terms as the great archeological collections of Europe. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 At Grand Cafe, chef/owner Jamie Malone has a connoisseur’s eye for collecting vintage dishes and glassware. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "St. Paul artist creates custom dinnerware for local restaurants," 16 Oct. 2020 Macintyre delivers this immensely exciting, fast-moving account in the calm, engaging voice of a connoisseur of spy craft. Washington Post, "For your pandemic playlist: 3 new audiobooks that will whisk you away — for a few hours, anyway," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of connoisseur was in 1714

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“Connoisseur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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