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[kon-uh-sur, -soor]
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  1. 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.
  2. a discerning judge of the best in any field: a connoisseur of horses.
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Origin of connoisseur

1705–15; < French; Old French conoiseor < Latin cognōscitōr- (stem of cognōscitor) knower. See cognoscible, -tor
Related formscon·nois·seur·ship, noun

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Related Words for 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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  1. a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts
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Derived Formsconnoisseurship, noun

Word Origin for connoisseur

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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