ma·​ven | \ˈmā-vən \
variants: or less commonly mavin

Definition of maven 

: one who is experienced or knowledgeable : expert a language maven policy mavens computer mavens also : freak sense 4a

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Examples of maven in a Sentence

an investment maven, he was doing well even when the market was doing poorly a science-fiction maven who could talk for hours about fictional technology

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Among the many new statistics created by the baseball maven Bill James is the similarity score, which compares players across eras. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Bosch’ and the Art of the Pure Police Procedural," 13 Apr. 2018 Social-media mavens are hot to make the color-block wall outside the bathrooms be the next online sensation. Dewayne Bevil,, "What we didn't tell you about Disney's Toy Story Land," 5 July 2018 In this plush nursery of jewelry maven Jodie Snyder Morel's daughter, Margaux, a raw crib from Kalon Studios is accompanied by soft textures like sheepskin rugs and pillows. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "8 Baby Room Ideas For A Sophisticated Nursery," 17 May 2016 Loro Piana $515, Brought to you by Loro Piana, the 94-year-old Italian fabric mavens. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple," 3 July 2018 Social-media mavens in the Middle East are bucking tradition and repressive laws to seek fame and fortune online. Saba Imtiaz, Marie Claire, "Meet the Kardashians of the Middle East," 7 May 2018 And especially since the 1980s, pop has been the domain of a particular type of entertainer: a virtuoso performer, visual artist, cultural maven, pop arbiter, and chart baron known as a pop star. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 There may be signs that real change is coming: Tanya Holland, Oakland’s soul food maven who made her name at Brown Sugar Kitchen, is finally opening an outpost in San Francisco. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 2018 For art mavens, desert road-trippers, and anyone interested in the sorts of prehistory-referencing spiritual ceremonies popularized by Burning Man, Stone Circle will soon become a landmark on the West Texas tourist circuit. Michael Agresta, WIRED, "Marfa, Texas Is Getting Its Own Solar-Powered Stonehenge," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of maven

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maven

Yiddish meyvn, from Late Hebrew mēbhīn

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English Language Learners Definition of maven

: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject

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