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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Golden Triangle Fans rave about Higher Grade’s selection and quality, so take your connoisseur father here. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy pot in Denver with your dad on Father’s Day," 13 June 2019 Some coffee connoisseurs even say robusta isn’t so bad after all, produced in the right conditions. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Why Does Your Coffee Taste Like Tires? A Battle Brews Between Beans," 16 Dec. 2018 Music connoisseurs can now ask Alexa to track their favorite artists and set up a voice alert for when new songs or albums debut. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Alexa will notify you when your favorite artist releases a new album," 2 Nov. 2018 The pop singer slash actress slash meat-dress connoisseur wore an Alexander McQueen gown—not just any gown, but a ruffled, gilded one from the brand's Fall 2013 collection that's giving off major Shakespearean vibes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Went Full-On Shakespeare at the London Premiere of A Star Is Born," 27 Sep. 2018 This is one of two spots in the hotel where tea connoisseurs gather in the afternoon to choose from a tea menu that's nine pages long and includes black, green, white, oolong, herbal, decaffeinated and a host of non-tea beverages. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Toast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at one of London's finest afternoon teas," 13 May 2018 Vogueworld Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation Katie Holmes is a true denim connoisseur. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation," 22 Apr. 2019 While the meat from trophy bucks can also find its way to a hunter’s dining table, most wild game connoisseurs agree that fat, healthy does and young spikes provide better tasting fare for sausage, stews or steaks. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Meat Season: Wall-Hangers Take Backstage to Freezer-Bound Venison," 18 Jan. 2018 The garnish is your choice as well, and real connoisseurs know how to mix it up and keep bartenders on their toes. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "BOOZE BAZAAR: How to Order a Martini," 19 June 2016

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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

noun

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

noun
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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