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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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 Considering the makeup maven didn’t ask for tips, the DMs were problematic. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Jackie Aina Responds To Disturbing Comments About Lightening Her Skin," 1 July 2020 While there are few black industry mavens that hold high-power positions, Off-White creator and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh is one of them. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Internet Reacts To Virgil Abloh Donating $50 To Bail Out Efforts," 1 June 2020 The Royal Family is recruiting a new social media maven to run the family’s accounts, according to a new job description. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Queen Elizabeth Hiring 'Digital Engagement' Expert to Run Her Social Media Channels," 15 Dec. 2019 In addition to being a visual storyteller, creative director, and style maven, the Nigerian powerhouse is also a travelista who uses her lens to capture the most breathtaking images of her journeys. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "12 Times Influencer Asiyami Gold Had Us Ready To See Some World," 24 Oct. 2019 But the shooting ability of UW center Frank Kaminsky (41.6% on three-pointers that season) would pull MU shot-blocking maven Jim McIlvaine away from the basket. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sconnie Madness: Two No. 1 seeds fall as Final Four is set in all-time Wisconsin hoops bracket," 29 Mar. 2020 An invaluable special teams maven and locker room leader. Ben Volin,, "A blueprint to remaking the Patriots," 25 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the next time the candidates appear on a debate stage, the same level of scrutiny and skepticism can be applied to the public option mavens and their plans, which are, if anything, woven from their own strands of gossamer. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Public Option Bait and Switch," 17 Oct. 2019 Founder Steve Stoute has tapped music and tech maven Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood to head the independent distribution startup, Billboard can exclusively confirm. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "UnitedMasters Hires Instagram's Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood as President: Exclusive," 29 May 2019

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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 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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