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[kon-uh-sur, -soo r] /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.
Origin of connoisseur
1705-15; < French; Old French conoiseor < Latin cognōscitōr- (stem of cognōscitor) knower. See cognoscible, -tor
Related forms
connoisseurship, noun
critic, aesthete. Unabridged
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  • Turning once more to my companion, I found him puffing his with the loving deliberation of a connoisseur.

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
  • You are more of a connoisseur than I. I will leave it to your own valuation.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • That the results achieved with these different materials are not comparable is a fact which every connoisseur must admit.

  • "He seems to have had a singular experience," said the connoisseur.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • I indicated the contrast to my companion, a connoisseur, but he saw no humour in the comparison.

    Hogarth C. Lewis Hind
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseur


a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts
Derived Forms
connoisseurship, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French conoiseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere
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Word Origin and History for connoisseur

1714, from French connoisseur (Modern French connaiseur), from Old French conoisseor "an expert, a judge, one well-versed," from conoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to know, to become well-acquainted with," from com- "with" (see com-) + gnoscere "recognize" (see notice (v.)).

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