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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Reality star and beauty maven Kim Kardashian West has chosen Westfield Century City for the first pop-up for her popular KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance lines. Kavita Daswani,, "Kim Kardashian pop-up comes to Century City; Fendi, Rimowa team on new round of stylish luggage," 22 June 2018 Erik Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan and an auto industry maven, said the leadership of the UAW needs to take a stand against GM not just for the rank and file — but for its own survival. NBC News, "General Motors strike not likely to be resolved anytime soon: experts," 16 Sep. 2019 But the progressives, once again led by music mavens, have finally begun to act. Mark Swed,, "Commentary: Classical streaming has arrived. How do the new services stack up?," 3 Sep. 2019 But the progressives, once again led by music mavens, have finally begun to act. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Classical streaming has arrived. How do the new services stack up?," 29 Aug. 2019 But the real stars of the hotel were the social media influencers like makeup maven Jeffree Star, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, and a large order of mid-tier and micro-influencers whose own brands were all Taco Bell related. Laura Stampler, Fortune, "My Night at the Taco Bell Hotel (a.k.a. Hanging With the Influencers)," 18 Aug. 2019 Add in the return of punter Jake Hartbarger, who flipped the field with a 61-yarder from his own end zone, a punt block and strong coverage from punt coverage maven Dominique Long. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football grades: Strong defense, deficient offense vs. Tulsa," 31 Aug. 2019 After curating a decades-long reputation as a playboy with a penchant for wheeling and dealing in the Parisian fashion world starting at the Karin Models agency in 1976, Brunel went on to work with model agency maven Eileen Ford in the 1980s. Fox News, "Mysterious French modeling agent, accused Epstein 'procurer' whereabouts unknown as probe continues," 21 Aug. 2019 Pro football maven Peter King (NBC Sports) toured the Raiders’ Las Vegas site, looking a bit barren but promised to be ready by the 2020 season. Bruce Jenkins,, "Sign of Kawhi Leonard’s influence: NBA stars skipping World Cup en masse," 26 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of maven

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

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