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

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 Beverly Hills’ Saks Fifth Avenue is moving Since 1938, Saks Fifth Avenue has been the maven of classic luxury shopping in Beverly Hills, a beacon on Wilshire Boulevard for the well-to-do, writes Times staff writer Roger Vincent. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 Our social media maven went for a natural beauty moment, wearing her hair in a carefree wavy style complete with baby braids spilling down her long locks. Seventeen, 2 Aug. 2022 Our social media maven went for a super natural beauty moment, wearing her hair in a carefree wavy style and dabbing on a bit of blush across her nose and cheeks. Seventeen, 15 June 2022 The royal style maven paired the elegant number with black pumps and a matching clutch, as well as starburst drop earrings. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 19 May 2022 Michael Chobanian, a Bitcoin maven who started Kuna, a cryptocurrency exchange, had already transferred much of his staff from the company office in Podil to the Balkan nation of Montenegro ahead of the hostilities. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Lee is simultaneously someone who values her privacy, a socialite cultural maven and a demanding boss who is known to randomly challenge her staff on their knowledge of the latest movies. Patrick Frater, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 The guest programmer, the vintage-movie maven Farran Smith Nehme, has selected features partly for rarity. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 The most detailed interaction that Burke Magnus, a top ESPN executive, could recall was when Sankey, aghast at a television maven’s note-taking habits, transformed into an apostle for Colonel Littleton legal pads. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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27 Aug 2022

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“Maven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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