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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connoisseurship \ ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship How to pronounce connoisseurship (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 Bittinger came to it as a connoisseur of hardy ferns, and in its early days Fern Valley more closely resembled the northern forest of her native New England. Washington Post, "How the National Arboretum got its ferns and became a civic treasure," 29 Oct. 2019 Whether your a tattoo rookie or an avid tattoo connoisseur, the team at Rise Above Tattoo works on each piece to perfection., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Beauty & Wellness winners," 6 Oct. 2019 An incredible selection of hot sauces Use your gift card to begin your journey as a hot sauce connoisseur. Rachel Moskowitz And, USA TODAY, "The 25 best things you can buy with an Amazon gift card," 23 Dec. 2019 Vega seems pleased, even though his visitor is no coffee connoisseur. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "How a New York City Roaster Is Putting Nicaraguan Coffee on the Map," 5 Dec. 2019 The civil engineer turned wine connoisseur fell in love with wine in Rome while obtaining her MBA, and later founded The Communion, a casual pop-up wine dinner McCoy throws in her native New York and around the globe. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Sommelier Cha McCoy's Wine Pairing Tips Will Elevate Your Thanksgiving Dinner," 22 Nov. 2019 The Littlest Peanut is a literary connoisseur with a fine taste in books and costumes. Elizabeth Wolfe And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Here are some ridiculously cute photos of babies in NICU units dressed up for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2019 Sophisticated spirits and craft beers are turning a nation of binge drinkers into connoisseurs. 1843, "The case against hard seltzer," 27 Sep. 2019 In the fall, bourbon connoisseurs gather on the Great Lawn to celebrate the Kentucky Bourbon Festival with tastings, free live music, and artisanal vendors. National Geographic, "5 can’t-miss experiences in September," 30 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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