maven

noun
ma·​ven | \ˈmā-vən \
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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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 Read on to see how these hair mavens are embracing the trend and nailing it. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 And there's no better way to celebrate the social media maven and makeup mogul mom than with a pink-themed birthday party! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 Kourtney Kardashian, on the other hand, is known as the interior design maven. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Kourtney Kardashian's Pantry Is So Organized It's Insane," 18 July 2018 And on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the title of unapologetic style maven is shared by the Weird Sisters, three witches from the Church of Night. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration," 25 Oct. 2018 This year’s event centered around the concept of change, bringing together top designers, celebrities and industry mavens alongside Vogue editors in 10 powerful panels. Katie Knoll, Vogue, "A Force for Change: Vogue’s Forces of Fashion," 15 Oct. 2018 Mulroney, a Canadian public relations-maven, has helped mold her friend into one of the most influential fashion icons in the world and promoted Canadian fashion along the way. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Jessica Mulroney Helped Style Meghan Markle's Sleeveless Blush Pink Trench Coat," 17 July 2018 Among the many new statistics created by the baseball maven Bill James is the similarity score, which compares players across eras. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Bosch’ and the Art of the Pure Police Procedural," 13 Apr. 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

: a person who knows a lot about a particular subject

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