connoisseur

noun
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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Other Words from connoisseur

connoisseurship \ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship 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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Until my job application to become a chicken nugget connoisseur goes through, this truly excellent deal will have to do. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Burger King Is Offering 100 Chicken Nuggets for $10," 13 Oct. 2018 For a quieter coffee in a more secluded spot, visit Noble, a roastery and café with high ceilings and multiple pourover options for budding connoisseurs. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa," 8 Aug. 2018 From a 2012 start with just $60,000 in savings, the duo has traveled the world looking for unusual and tasty sweets for adult connoisseurs. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "She left toyland for candyland, finding a sweet spot with Sugarfina," 24 June 2018 For connoisseurs of risque humor, an oil’s mouthfeel also pairs exquisitely with jokes about extra virgins. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s olive oil craze: rooted in the far north counties," 7 June 2018 Among them The North Wall on Grand Cayman and Bloody Bay on Little Cayman, considered to be the equivalent of Beluga caviar for scuba connoisseurs. Erik Heinrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 16 May 2018 Check out one or more of the following events this year to see, sample, and explore the very best of the Kentucky Derby Festival, designed exclusively for connoisseurs 21 years of age and older. Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "Sipping Your Way Through The Kentucky Derby Festival," 21 Mar. 2018 Noah was an avid fisherman, a world traveler, and a wine connoisseur. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 Don’t fret: Chocolate and vanilla are also available for the less adventurous dessert connoisseurs. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Summer 2018 guide to Chicago's Riverwalk," 7 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of connoisseur

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

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