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 The TikTok beauty tutorial from Megha Singh is blowing up on the social media app after the beauty maven showed how to create a 'face lift' effect using concealer. Bianca London, Glamour, "This 'Face-Lifting' Concealer Hack That's Going Viral Is Pure Genius," 20 Feb. 2021 President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a research policy maven—and familiar face--to be both his science advisor and head of the White House office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Biden appoints geneticist Eric Lander as science adviser," 15 Jan. 2021 His Millennial daughter, Ivanka, was seen as the family’s social media maven, and outpaced him in followers for some time. Owen Thomas,, "Here lies @realDonaldTrump, having tweeted itself to death," 9 Jan. 2021 In a blog post for KonMari, the organization maven offered three specific rules for these types of gifts: Open them immediately. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "Organization Maven Marie Kondo Provides 3 Rules on What You Should Do With Gifts That Don't Spark Joy," 31 Dec. 2020 The son of Indian immigrants who settled in Peabody, Mass., Hirway didn’t intend to become a media maven. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "‘Song Exploder’ and the Inexhaustible Hustle of Hrishikesh Hirway," 3 Nov. 2020 Devin Duvernay was the safety blanket last year, the sure-handed slot maven who quarterback Sam Ehlinger could rely on in those spots that cause lesser players to tighten. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns notebook: Herman sees progress in run game," 27 Oct. 2020 Raised in Stockholm and based in New York, the entrepreneur and style maven (and former founder of brand marketing agency ByBabba) quickly saw a gap in the market. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Clean Hair-Care Brand Ceremonia Is Inspired by Latinx Beauty Rituals," 23 Oct. 2020 Baldelli is a rest and recovery maven, but trying to balance that in the heat of a playoff battle — the Yankees began play Wednesday 1½ games behind them for the fourth seed — can be tricky. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins lineup continues to be juggled," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Maven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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