Definition of connoisseur in English:


Syllabification: con·nois·seur
Pronunciation: /ˌkänəˈsər, -ˈso͝or


  • An expert judge in matters of taste: a connoisseur of music
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    • Certainly, there was a host of different dishes hot and steamy to cater to the tastes of connoisseurs.
    • A leading connoisseur of bottled water last night advised consumers to pick and choose between bottled and mains water.
    • Meanwhile the project seems to have provoked some bemused commentary among art connoisseurs.
    expert, authority, specialist, pundit, savant; arbiter of taste, aesthete; gourmet, epicure, gastronome
    informal buff, maven



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  • When I argue that your connoisseurship or aestheticism are suspect and insist on my own highly materialist readings of things, it does not mean that our field is in disarray.
  • Renowned for his visual acumen and connoisseurship, he grew up in Paris and New York, the son of a scholar of medieval church history.
  • Why is a curatorial project in feminist revisionism, buttressed by scholarly discussions of Victorian domesticity, gender identity and literary culture, enveloped in a thick mantle of connoisseurship?


early 18th century: from obsolete French, from conoistre 'know'.

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