connoisseur

noun
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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Other Words from connoisseur

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 In Colorado, the US state with the oldest recreational cannabis market, Lightshade has long positioned its dispensaries to serve the higher-end purveyors of cannabis, and the craft, small-batch connoisseurs. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Smaller joints and less-potent buds: recession weed is here," 23 May 2020 Eco-conscious consumers will love their practicality, and coffee connoisseurs in search of the most artful brew may find that the cloth improves taste and reduces sediment. Popular Science, "Essentials for the best pour-over coffee," 6 Feb. 2020 Nestled amid mountains cascading into Pacific waters and sea lines crashing into cedar forests, Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, seafaring foodies, and cultural connoisseurs alike. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 For the clean beauty connoisseur, there's the Collectors Set, which is still a major steal at $99 (with a value of $340). Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Bluemercury Is Doubling Down On All Things Clean Beauty — & We Got The Exclusive Details," 2 Apr. 2020 Here are some ideas of how to still make the most of your weekends: For the cultural connoisseurYour favorite museum may be closed. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Social distancing doesn't have to doom your weekends. We have ideas," 14 Mar. 2020 YouTube is home to influencers from nearly every professional and cultural niche, from crystal healers to fast food connoisseurs, and farming is predictably no exception. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans," 18 Dec. 2019 One person looks at it and, with the cold admiration of a connoisseur, analyzes the colors, the chiaroscuro, the background. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 For craft connoisseurs: Vancouver Foodie Tours will shepherd you to the tastiest treats at the Granville Island Public Market: Oyama sausages, Benton Brothers cheeses, Lee’s honey donuts. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "A local’s guide to Vancouver," 22 Oct. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connoisseur. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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

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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