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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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 As bond mavens have been known to say, inverted yield curves have predicted nine of the past five recessions. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "On bonds, bailouts and respecting our fellow Americans," 7 June 2019 And each of those football mavens, dressed in everything from Titans blue to Vikings purple, shared something in common with you. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Preview: The Rookies," 2 Aug. 2019 The social media maven's hard work has helped propel her from the online world into traditional media and Hollywood entertainment. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Liza Koshy: 16 things to know about the YouTube megastar from Houston," 25 July 2019 The metal mavens at Hartford’s Webster Theater have a working knowledge of Greek gods, since mythic themes feature so heavily in that music. Christopher Arnott,, "The Nine Muses Of Summer In Connecticut: A Divine Arts Preview," 24 June 2019 Ramrodded by Jack Schwartz, ex-PPG pace-car maven, currently with Chevrolet Special Vehicles, the show car had no underpinnings—only an Ilmor-Chevy Indy car motor plunked into the engine bay. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 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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