How are connoisseur and dilettante synonyms


[ kon-uh-sur, -soor ]

/ ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər /



a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste: a connoisseur of modern art.

a discerning judge of the best in any field: a connoisseur of horses.

Words nearby connoisseur

conniption, connivance, connive, connivent, connivery, connoisseur, connolly, connor, connors, connotation, connotative

Origin of connoisseur

1705–15; < French;Old Frenchconoiseor < Latincognōscitōr- (stem of cognōscitor) knower. See cognoscible, -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM connoisseur

con·nois·seur·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for connoisseur

  • Instead, Costume Institute curators seem more wedded to surface appearance than any connoisseur of Old Master oils could be.

    Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Costume Institute Shows How Derivative the Style Has Become|Blake Gopnik|May 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • As any connoisseur of good food knows, this kind of copying happens all the time.

    In ‘The Knockoff Economy,’ The Upside to Ripping Off Others’ Ideas|Kal Raustiala, Christopher Sprigman|September 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Sallust is ruthless and charming, a connoisseur of rare wines and rare women.

    The Novelist Who Spied: How Dennis Wheatley Helped Defeat the Nazis|Tina Rosenberg|August 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Like all instinctive gamblers, Trump is a connoisseur of the expert bluff.

    Trump Endorsed Romney Because It Was Like Calling to Like|Lee Siegel|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Swinging from a plastic highchair, I was a 2-year old connoisseur of the chicken liver.

    For the Love of Pâté|Molly Hannon|January 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST

  • A connoisseur (again on reference behind the curtains) was one of those wealthy men who could swallow anything.

    Bud|Neil Munro

  • Once on this point, the connoisseur will pronounce in favour of the expressive Adagio.

    The Violoncello and Its History|Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

  • You are more of a connoisseur than I. I will leave it to your own valuation.

    Samuel Brohl &amp; Company|Victor Cherbuliez

  • He becomes a connoisseur in female dress, and likes to discuss matters pertaining to the toilet of females.

    Religion and Lust|James Weir

  • It was some connoisseur he was nearly certain; Julia would not have sold it to another grower.

    The Good Comrade|Una L. Silberrad

British Dictionary definitions for connoisseur



a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts

Derived forms of connoisseur

connoisseurship, noun

Word Origin for connoisseur

C18: from French, from Old French conoiseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere

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Words related to connoisseur

devotee, dilettante, buff, aficionado, cognoscente, freak, expert, specialist, gourmet, nut, savant, maven, adept, critic, arbiter, judge, fan, aesthete, epicure, appreciator