noun con·nois·seur \ ˌkä-nə-ˈsər also -ˈsu̇r \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

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


play \ˌkä-nə-ˈsər-ˌship also -ˈsu̇r-\ noun

Examples of connoisseur in a Sentence

  1. 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 CruzPeople14 June 2004
  2. 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 BakerThe Good Times1989
  3. It was apple juice. Ortiz watched him drink it with all the delicacy of a wine connoisseur sampling new bordeaux. —Tom ClancyThe Cardinal of the Kremlin(1988) 1989
  4. 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 AdamsThe Education of Henry Adams1907
  5. She is a connoisseur of African art.

  6. a forthcoming exhibit at the art museum that is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs of ancient Greek pottery

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Origin and Etymology of connoisseur

obsolete French (now connaisseur), from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere — more at cognition

CONNOISSEUR Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of connoisseur for English Language Learners

  • : a person who knows a lot about something (such as art, wine, food, etc.) : an expert in a particular subject

CONNOISSEUR Defined for Kids


noun con·nois·seur \ ˌkä-nə-ˈsər \

Definition of connoisseur for Students

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

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