[ noun, verb ek-spurt; adjective ek-spurt, ik-spurt ]
/ noun, verb ˈɛk spɜrt; adjective ˈɛk spɜrt, ɪkˈspɜrt /


a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority: a language expert.
  1. the highest rating in rifle marksmanship, above that of marksman and sharpshooter.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.


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.

verb (used with object)

to act as an expert for.

Origin of expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience
Related forms

Synonym study

3. See skillful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unexpert

  • It should not tolerate domination by the unexpert outsider, whatever may be his repute in other spheres.

    National Being|(A.E.)George William Russell

British Dictionary definitions for unexpert


/ (ˈɛkspɜːt) /


a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field


skilful or knowledgeable
of, involving, or done by an expertan expert job
Derived Formsexpertly, adverbexpertness, 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



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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