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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connoisseurship \ ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship also  -​ˈsu̇r-​ \ noun

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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Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged entirely on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million," 9 Feb. 2018 Culinary connoisseurs travel from across the U.S. to plunk themselves down on spinning stools in a converted Fountain Square garage and commend their morning into Milktooth chef Jonathan Brooks’s masterful hands. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 So is this unbelievable deal on the Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC headphones, which our headphone connoisseur Jeffrey Van Camp loved, and which is still $135 off. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Pick Up Two Cheap Google Home Minis and 10 Other Deals," 12 May 2018 Thrift-store connoisseur, hammock camper, blow piano revivalist, HBO star: Ben Sinclair is as multifaceted as the diverse vignettes of city life portrayed on High Maintenance, the Vimeo-to-HBO cult hit he co-created and (sort of) stars in. Nicola Fumo, GQ, "High Maintenance’s Ben Sinclair on His Go-to Beard Oil and the Instrument that Made Him Famous in Vietnam," 29 Jan. 2018 But the slightly spicy flavor makes it a favorite of connoisseurs and chefs. Houston Chronicle, "Urban Havest's sale is the place gardeners find fruit trees for the Houston area," 5 Jan. 2018 Here are seven convenience-meets-connoisseur foods from the 54th annual show. 1. USA TODAY, "7 new products that show how the food industry is making meals faster," 4 July 2018 Leo, who friends say is a fine food and wine connoisseur and active in the Catholic Church, took leave from his formal position as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to work on the vacancy. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Meet Leonard Leo: unassuming figure with big voice on Supreme Court nominees," 3 July 2018 For the Oenophile: Valle de Guadalupe While wine may not be the first thing travelers think of when Mexico comes to mind, wine connoisseurs will be pleasantly surprised by Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California--just two hours south of San Diego. Kristin Braswell, Sunset, "10 Best Trips to Mexico for Your Travel Personality," 22 Jan. 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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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 \

Kids Definition of connoisseur

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

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