ma·​ven ˈmā-vən How to pronounce maven (audio)
variants or less commonly mavin
: one who is experienced or knowledgeable : expert
a language maven
policy mavens
computer mavens

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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Word History


Yiddish meyvn, from Late Hebrew mēbhīn

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maven was in 1950

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“Maven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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