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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Perry has new vinyl and collectors’ gems on display for the connoisseurs. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, LPs are rolling off shelves of local record stores," 5 July 2019 Corot exhibited few images of women in his lifetime, but they were admired by such connoisseurs as Edgar Degas and Georges Braque; Lucien Freud owned a tough female portrait. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "The Best Art of 2018: Diving Into the Beauty of the Past to Escape a Hectic Present," 14 Dec. 2018 Even a casual burrito connoisseur can tell you burritos are eaten from top to bottom, using the tin foil to guide your eating path. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The bizarre Justin Bieber burrito incident reminds us not to believe everything online," 29 Oct. 2018 Every whisky drinker—whether connoisseur or casual—needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 Located in the Finger Lakes Region of Geneva, New York, the property has a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake and provides a royal getaway for wine aficionados and connoisseurs alike. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Castle Is the World's Best Place to Stay for Wine Lovers," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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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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