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 Classical mavens can look forward to the returns of conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Edo de Waart, Jahja Ling, and Brett Mitchell, and of pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kirill Gerstein, and Benjamin Grosvenor. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra reveals 2020 Blossom Festival and ‘Summers@Severance’ details," 8 Mar. 2020 Then, suddenly, that team of confident shot makers and press mavens vanished, replaced by the staggered hope-and-heave version. Nick Moyle,, "Brief revival of ‘Havoc’ encouraging but not enough to snap Texas’ losing skid," 25 Jan. 2020 Likewise, a turntable with a preinstalled cartridge eliminates the hassle of selecting and installing your own, but audio mavens might be particular about their preferences. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 President Trump still touts himself as the dealmaker in chief, the business maven with the unique acumen to bend lesser powers to his will and restore American prestige on the world stage. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump is running out of time to make his deals," 9 Dec. 2019 Here’s how the skincare maven saves time for herself at the end of the day: Talking it out (loud) My wind-down routine is about really taking time and not rushing to go to bed. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appétit, "Brujita Skincare Founder Leah Guerrero Digs Ambient Music and Red Sheets," 23 Sep. 2019 When does an op-ed that Weintraub or the mavens of Silicon Valley disagree with or don’t like become an impermissible effort to mislead? Hans A. Von Spakovsky, National Review, "FEC Chair Embarks Down the High-Tech Road to Censorship," 12 Sep. 2019 After his death in 1997, Ms. Versace took over the company and became the unapologetic maven of Italian opulence. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "Donatella Versace Has Long Been a Gay Icon. Now It’s Official.," 29 June 2019 Midnight in Paris came and went without any resurrection of the heroes of the Belle Époque, but the mavens of Montmartre descended upon the Second Arrondissement and danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Out.of. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "Rowing Blazers Fetes Its New Collection at Storied Parisian Cocktail Spot Harry’s New York Bar," 18 Jan. 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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15 Mar 2020

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“Maven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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

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