or ma·vin

[mey-vuh n]

Origin of maven

1960–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mavin

Historical Examples of mavin

  • Neither he nor any other was aware that Mavin Newton had seen or been seen by a soul after the commission of his crime.

    Scattergood Baines

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • Young Mavin sent that there money back to his father in a letter to be give to the church—and the ol' man burned it.

    Scattergood Baines

    Clarence Budington Kelland

British Dictionary definitions for mavin



  1. 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 mavin



1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin, literally "one who understands." Plural is mayvinim.

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