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


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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Vogueworld Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation Katie Holmes is a true denim connoisseur. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation," 22 Apr. 2019 While the meat from trophy bucks can also find its way to a hunter’s dining table, most wild game connoisseurs agree that fat, healthy does and young spikes provide better tasting fare for sausage, stews or steaks. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Meat Season: Wall-Hangers Take Backstage to Freezer-Bound Venison," 18 Jan. 2018 The garnish is your choice as well, and real connoisseurs know how to mix it up and keep bartenders on their toes. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "BOOZE BAZAAR: How to Order a Martini," 19 June 2016 Any self-respecting top connoisseur can get their top spinning upside down with the right flick of the wrist. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Self-Inverting Top That Could Put Professional Top Spinners Out of Business," 3 May 2016 Through a social media contest, the Italian beef, Chicago-style dog and cake shake connoisseurs will give away the grand prize of a year of free food to one lucky person who shares a photo of themselves at Portillo's with their favorite dish. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "You can win free Portillo's for a year," 11 May 2017 From the scores of exhibitions to the design studios and art school Marwen, the gallery district is a must for connoisseurs but will also please amateur collectors. Griffin Jackson,, "Edge of River North rich with art, fresh eats, arcade games," 6 Oct. 2017 Frozen-bean advocates imagine a day when coffee aficionados can behave like wine connoisseurs, poring over long coffee menus to sample numerous vintages. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Freezing Your Coffee Beans? The Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong," 12 Feb. 2019 In this episode of Viceland’s pizza-focused travel show, the host and pizza connoisseur Frank Pinello (who also owns Best Pizza in Brooklyn) scours the Motor City for the best slices. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Ricky Gervais: Humanity’ and ‘The Shape of Water’," 13 Mar. 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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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


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Kids Definition of connoisseur

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

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