[kon-uh-sur, -soor]


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 formscon·nois·seur·ship, noun

Synonyms for connoisseur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for connoisseurship

Contemporary Examples of connoisseurship

Historical Examples of connoisseurship

  • There were the cobwebs about connoisseurship, etc., but what do they matter?


    Ezra Pound

  • No field in collecting and connoisseurship has claimed more devotees.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • French painting really began in connoisseurship, one may say.

    French Art

    W. C. Brownell

  • Winckelmann gloated over their beauty, for he united the artist's appreciation to the connoisseurship of the archologist.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • The drawing-room, with its moulded ceiling and huge recessed window, had presented an admirable field for connoisseurship.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for connoisseurship



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



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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