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maven

or ma·vin

[ mey-vuhn ]
/ ˈmeɪ vən /
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noun

an expert or connoisseur.

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Origin of maven

1960–65; <Yiddish <Hebrew: connoisseur
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  • Neither he nor any other was aware that Mavin Newton had seen or been seen by a soul after the commission of his crime.

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  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for maven

maven

mavin

/ (ˈmeɪvən) /

noun

US an expert or connoisseur
C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding
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