connoisseur

noun
con·​nois·​seur | \ ˌkä-nə-ˈsər 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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Other Words from connoisseur

connoisseurship \ ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship 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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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 Steven Raichlen, a barbecue connoisseur who has written several books on the subject, favors a whole-wheat matzo for his holiday observance. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Matzo S’mores: Brilliant? Or Brooklyn?," 27 Mar. 2018 Near a window, a table displays orbs—agate, quartz, malachite, marble—made by her father, a connoisseur of semiprecious stones. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 Mike Senese, editor of Make Magazine, is a pizza connoisseur and has been building pizza ovens for years. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a DIY Wood-Burning Brick Pizza Oven," 7 Sep. 2016 Lambert's 1989 rendition of this thriller, based on horror connoisseur Stephen King's book, centers around one of the scariest subjects: bringing things back from the dead. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Surprising Movies Directed by Women," 15 Apr. 2013 Since 2002, tequila sales have more than doubled, according to The New York Times, in part because tequila has found some celebrity connoisseurs. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 2018 But this does mean that hunters—and squirrel connoisseurs—might be more at risk for CJD than doctors and scientists believed. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Man Contracted a Rare, Fatal Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains," 17 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of connoisseur

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

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