[ mey-vuh n ]
/ ˈmeɪ vən /
an expert or connoisseur.
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Origin of maven
1960–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur
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British Dictionary definitions for maven
/ (ˈmeɪvən) /
US an expert or connoisseur
Word Origin for maven
C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding
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Word Origin and History for maven
1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin, literally "one who understands." Plural is mayvinim.
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