ma·​ven | \ ˈmā-vən How to pronounce maven (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Dréa is a brand architect and marketing maven who has helped solve challenges for major brands including Livenation and Billboard., 23 June 2021 Making a strong case for the unexpected pairing, the style maven who is notorious for mixing and matching, is keeping the streak going, both on and off duty. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 Murray’s potential as a triple-double maven was evident from the earliest days of his NBA career. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 About 50 years ago, a Twin Cities area art maven hired a prominent architect to design a modern home for her. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 The Senate rules maven said unexpectedly that Democrats could use the procedural equivalent of a quadruple jump in Olympic ice skating to steamroll a massive infrastructure bill into law with only Democratic votes. Philip Elliott, Time, 8 Apr. 2021 The actor, producer and champagne maven is now also a fashion designer thanks to a new collab with Brioni. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2021 The TikTok beauty tutorial from Megha Singh is blowing up on the social media app after the beauty maven showed how to create a 'face lift' effect using concealer. Bianca London, Glamour, 20 Feb. 2021 President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a research policy maven—and familiar face--to be both his science advisor and head of the White House office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 15 Jan. 2021

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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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“Maven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maven

US : a person who knows a lot about a particular subject

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