con·​nois·​seur ˌkä-nə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
 also  -ˈsu̇r
: 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
: one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties
a connoisseur of fine wines
ˌkä-nə-ˈsər-ˌship How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
 also  -ˈsu̇r-

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
Recent Examples on the Web Enlightenment-era connoisseurs such as Townley sometimes bought the less valuable of these objects by the handful. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Brewing behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev wants hardcore beer connoisseurs to know non-alcoholic drinkers are no social misfits—they’re just like you and me. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 May 2024 The series of events — and its twisting threads — have evolved almost as if penned in a crime novel, captivating sleuths and true crime connoisseurs around the world. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 Snag this cosmetic case for makeup connoisseurs, or grab this belt bag for moms with small children who need to be hands free. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 2 May 2024 LeBron James and Gregg Popovich, the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, are serious connoisseurs who’ve turned many in the league on to wine. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 Their impressive wine cellar is a delightful treat for wine novices and connoisseurs alike. Jasmine Grant, Travel + Leisure, 20 Apr. 2024 Alastair Miller; Maurice Rougemont / Getty Images file In Camembert’s early days, the fungi existed naturally in the air in the damp caves where it was aged, said Emily Monaco, an American writer and cheese connoisseur who lives in Paris. Josh Lederman, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 The museum is also calling fans and connoisseurs of other quirky pop-culture elements—including Crocs and Emojis. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of connoisseur was in 1714

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“Connoisseur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​nois·​seur ˌkän-ə-ˈsər How to pronounce connoisseur (audio)
: an expert in a particular subject (as art or wine)
connoisseurship noun

from obsolete French connoisseur "expert," from early French connoisseor (same meaning), from connoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to know" — related to incognito, recognize

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