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 Besides, Simmons describes himself as a connoisseur of the subtle. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "New Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a dazzling defender," 27 Mar. 2021 The glove came into my possession about five years ago as a gift from Duane Kuiper, the Giants broadcaster and a connoisseur of hardball leather. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Need inspiration, Giants fans? Here are six reasons 2021 will be interesting," 26 Mar. 2021 Snyder is a pulp enthusiast, a meticulous stylist, a skilled orchestrator of violence and a devoted connoisseur of the human midriff. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ has arrived. The wait was long — and so is the movie," 15 Mar. 2021 Owner of a consultancy for artists by day, Abdalla, 35, moonlights as a pro wrestling vagabond — a connoisseur of sports entertainment who has traversed the globe in pursuit of his passions: Art and wrestling. Dallas News, "Pro wrestling is beautiful — and this literary art journal captures its bumps and bruises in a new light," 15 Mar. 2021 These mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa make an amazing gift that any baked good connoisseur would love. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 50 best Mother’s Day gifts for every type of mom," 29 Mar. 2021 In fact, this is not really a book about the bourbon industry, though there is enough about bourbon in it to satisfy your everyday connoisseur. Chanslor Gallenstein, National Review, "Recovering a Family Legacy, and a World-Class Bourbon," 27 Feb. 2021 Nothing says tea-connoisseur like an infuser filled with the exact, precise amount of tea. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Tea Time? Shop Kettles and Saucers for the Perfect Cup," 17 Mar. 2021 But being a true autograph connoisseur, Wheeler said nothing beats seeing a baseball player up close and witnessing the signing in real time. New York Times, "The Pandemic Has Diminished Part of Athletes’ Jobs: Signing Autographs," 23 Feb. 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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The first known use of connoisseur was in 1714

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“Connoisseur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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