- an expert or connoisseur.
Origin of maven
1960–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur
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Examples from the Web for 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.
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.
- US an expert or connoisseur
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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