expert [ noun, verb ek-spurt; adjective ek-spurt, ik- spurt] SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority: a language expert. . Military the highest rating in rifle marksmanship, above that of marksman and sharpshooter. a person who has achieved such a rating. adjective possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice; skillful or skilled (often followed by in or at): an expert driver; to be expert at driving a car. pertaining to, coming from, or characteristic of an expert: expert work; expert advice. Origin of expert 1325–75; Middle English
past participle of
experience Related forms ex·pert·ly, adverb ex·pert·ness, noun non·ex·pert, noun, adjective pro·ex·pert, adjective un·ex·pert, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unexpert Historical Examples of unexpert British Dictionary definitions for unexpert noun a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field adjective skilful or knowledgeable of, involving, or done by an expert an expert job Derived Forms expertly, adverb expertness, noun Word Origin for expert
C14: from Latin
expertus known by experience, from experīrī to test; see experience
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Word Origin and History for unexpert adj.
late 14c., from Old French
expert and directly from Latin expertus, past participle of experiri "to try, test" (see experience). The noun sense of "person wise through experience" existed 15c., reappeared 1825. Related: Expertly.
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