- the highest rating in rifle marksmanship, above that of marksman and sharpshooter.
- a person who has achieved such a rating.
verb (used with object)
Origin of expert
Examples from the Web for expertness
Their arms were lances and arrows, and they were noted for their expertness in tracking their enemies.The Western World|W.H.G. Kingston
The contrivance claims to be mentioned as his first success in mechanics, foreshadowing his future expertness.Heads and Tales|Various
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, science has gained notably in expertness, and lost notably in authority.Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy|George Santayana
The man proved to be Scipio, who had been chosen for his expertness, to perform the task in question.The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
Mr. Dixon grasped the door-handle as Bill skidded them into a cross road with the expertness of a racing driver.Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings|Dorothy Wayne
British Dictionary definitions for expertness
Word Origin for expert
Word Origin and History for expertness
late 14c., from Old French expert and directly from Latin expertus, past participle of experiri "to try, test" (see experience). The noun sense of "person wise through experience" existed 15c., reappeared 1825. Related: Expertly.