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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connoisseurship \ ˌkä-​nə-​ˈsər-​ˌship How to pronounce connoisseur (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 Emma was young, and was exceptional and graceful enough to attract Rodolphe, a privileged connoisseur of women. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 The young designer has designed for Queen Rania of Jordan, a connoisseur of the Krikor Jabotian brand. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The vibe of the Chocolate Hall is a cocoa-connoisseur’s dream. Ben Mccormack, Robb Report, 18 May 2021 Last year Ian Burrell, a longtime rum connoisseur in the U.K., launched his Equiano Rum brand in the United States. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, 19 June 2021 The Sazerac is the connoisseur’s choice, like saying George is the best Beatle, or that your favorite late night talk show host is Graham Norton. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 17 June 2021 If someone in your life is a cocktail connoisseur and looking to improve their collection of bar tools for their own works of art, then look no further for the perfect gift for them. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Collector and connoisseur Vic Clinco, who is believed to possess the largest collection of hot sauces in the world, will be on hand, as will Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell and barbecue expert Eddie Deen, who will be cooking on the celebrity chef stage. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Longtime South Florida music connoisseur Paul Castronovo, wise-cracking radio host on BIG 105.9-FM, was emotional describing his return to live music during Jimmy Buffett’s recent four-night run in Delray Beach. Ben Crandell,, 27 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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


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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