[ kon-uh-sur, -soor ]
/ ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər /
SEE SYNONYMS FOR connoisseur ON THESAURUS.COM
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 connoisseurcon·nois·seur·ship, noun
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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.
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 & 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 connoisseurconnoisseurship, 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
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