[ noun, verb ek-spurt; adjective ek-spurt, ik-spurt ]
/ noun, verb ˈɛk spɜrt; adjective ˈɛk spɜrt, ɪkˈspɜrt /


a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority: a language expert.
  1. the highest rating in rifle marksmanship, above that of marksman and sharpshooter.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.


possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice; skillful or skilled (often followed by in or at): an expert driver; to be expert at driving a car.
pertaining to, coming from, or characteristic of an expert: expert work; expert advice.

verb (used with object)

to act as an expert for.

Origin of expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) <Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

synonym study for expert

3. See skillful.

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British Dictionary definitions for expert

/ (ˈɛkspɜːt) /


a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field


skilful or knowledgeable
of, involving, or done by an expertan expert job

Derived forms of expert

expertly, adverbexpertness, noun

Word Origin for expert

C14: from Latin expertus known by experience, from experīrī to test; see experience
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