Definition of connoisseur in English:

connoisseur

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnəˈsəː
 
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noun

An expert judge in matters of taste: a connoisseur of music
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
expert judge (of), authority (on), specialist (in); arbiter of taste, pundit, savant, one of the cognoscenti, aesthete; gourmet, epicure, gastronome
informal buff
North American informal maven

Origin

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

Derivatives

connoisseurship

noun
More example sentences
  • 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?

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