maven

noun
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

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Gathering on the 17th floor of the Public Hotel, the 40 attendees were a trailblazing group of fashion mavens, artists, and writers. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019 Long-haired maven Madame Kush evoked some West Coast flair in a bubblegum-pink zebra-striped halter top and a pair of neon blue leopard print pants. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tracee Ellis Ross Creates a New Shoe, Kelela Glitters, and More," 6 Oct. 2018 Now, the eccentric style maven is on the cusp of entering the mainstream. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kerwin Frost, Fashion’s Funniest Man, Has Serious Street Style," 18 Jan. 2019 Getty Images Spotted: Hilarious actress and social media maven Blake Lively expertly referencing her CW roots on Instagram. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Just Pulled a Total 'Gossip Girl' in Her Latest Instagram Post," 9 Dec. 2018 Chief executive Ivan Glasenberg, one of the mining industry’s biggest deal mavens, has said rewarding investors is now the best use of the company’s cash. David Hodari, WSJ, "Supply Crunch Looms in Commodities Markets," 6 Nov. 2018 Cassandra Jones, Macy's Fashion Director and the super stylish maven behind The Edit, believes in the power of fashion and showing off your personal style when dressing for work. Marie Claire, "Wear it to Work: Fall Florals," 14 Sep. 2018 Summer kickoff with Newport flower show Mingle with lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and enjoy stunning floral designs at Rosecliff mansion during the annual Newport Flower Show, June 22-24. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 23 May 2018 Many of the women guests followed the white theme, but art maven Deedie Rose, chatelaine of the stupendous Rose House, wore vibrant pastels to match her art necklace (Rose had curated some artist jewels for the silent auction). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "During a Weekend in Dallas, Hamish Bowles Takes in the City’s Vibrant Art Scene From its Public and Private Museums," 1 Nov. 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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maven

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maven

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

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