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[noun, verb ek-spurt; adjective ek-spurt, ik-spurt]
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  1. a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority: a language expert.
  2. Military.
    1. the highest rating in rifle marksmanship, above that of marksman and sharpshooter.
    2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
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  1. 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.
  2. pertaining to, coming from, or characteristic of an expert: expert work; expert advice.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to act as an expert for.
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Origin of expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience
Related formsex·pert·ly, adverbex·pert·ness, nounnon·ex·pert, noun, adjectivepro·ex·pert, adjectiveun·ex·pert, adjective

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Synonym study

3. See skillful.

Antonyms for expert

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Related Words for expertness

art, adeptness, adroitness, facility, mastery, gift, proficiency, craft, expertise, savvy, know-how, skill, knack, specialization

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Historical Examples of expertness

  • Not a few of these stress his expertness as waiter in student dining-rooms.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • In addition, he made much of his expertness in the distilling of water.

  • Their expertness in this 'accomplishment' is often remarkable.

  • By this arrangement you will reach your saddle with comfort and expertness.

    Riding for Ladies

    Mrs. Power O'Donoghue

  • And I always remembered his expertness in opening a way, for we were soon on hand.

British Dictionary definitions for expertness


  1. a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field
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  1. skilful or knowledgeable
  2. of, involving, or done by an expertan expert job
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Derived Formsexpertly, adverbexpertness, noun

Word Origin for expert

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

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