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maven

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪv(ə)n
 
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Definition of maven in English:

noun

[often with modifier] North American informal
An expert or connoisseur: fashion mavens call beige oatmeal
More example sentences
  • I swear to you, if my father starts wearing his beige and brown leisure suit again, I will make the fashion mavens responsible for this pay.
  • Academics and poverty mavens know this to be the case, though they try to soften the harshness of its implications.
  • I'm glad that he pointed out that being a great type designer does not make one a typewriter history maven.

Origin

1960s: Yiddish.

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