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maven

or ma·vin

[mey-vuh n]
noun
  1. an expert or connoisseur.
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Origin of maven

1960–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur
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Historical Examples

  • 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

maven

mavin

noun
  1. US an expert or connoisseur
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Word Origin

C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding
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Word Origin and History for mavin

maven

n.

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

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