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.
- con·nois·seur·ship, noun
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How to use connoisseur in a sentence
Alcatraz had its birdman, and Greenhaven had one too; a real connoisseur.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison | Daniel Genis | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Recently I had dinner with a friend who is affluent, educated, and a noted wine connoisseur.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929 | Ted Gioia | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My agent [Andrew Wylie] suggested calling the book “The Instant connoisseur.”
Before his days as a cat meme connoisseur he was in a band The Lashes, which had record deals with Columbia and Lookout!
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ben Jonson loved the 'durne weed,' and describes its every accident with the gusto of a connoisseur.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
They are all, however, marked by the stamp of genius, and give but little trouble to a well informed connoisseur.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
I do not suppose that a connoisseur would call her beautiful, but she suggested health—health of body, of mind, of soul.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
Mr. Spackles regarded Grandmother Penny and nodded with the air of a connoisseur.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Mr. Flick Wilder, the well-known art connoisseur, collects such things.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseur
a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts
- connoisseurship, noun
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