connoisseur


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con·nois·seur

 (kŏn′ə-sûr′, -so͝or′)
n.
1. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts.
2. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines.

[Obsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition.]

con′nois·seur′ship′ n.

connoisseur

(ˌkɒnɪˈsɜː)
n
(Art Terms) a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts
[C18: from French, from Old French conoiseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere]
ˌconnoisˈseurship n

con•nois•seur

(ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər)

n.
1. a person esp. competent to pass critical judgments in an art or in matters of taste.
2. a discerning judge of the best in any field.
[1705–15; < French; Old French conoiseor=con(n)ois-, s. of conoistre to know, recognize]
con`nois•seur′ship, n.

connoisseur

A French word meaning one who knows, used to mean a person with great knowledge and appreciation of something, especially one of the arts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.connoisseur - an expert able to appreciate a fieldconnoisseur - an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
authority - an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
aesthete, esthete - one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
wine lover - a connoisseur of fine wines; a grape nut

connoisseur

noun expert, authority, judge, specialist, buff (informal), devotee, boffin (Brit. informal), whiz (informal), arbiter, aficionado, savant, maven (U.S.), appreciator, cognoscente, fundi (S. African) I hear you're something of an art connoisseur.
Quotations
"connoisseur: a specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
Translations
خَبير، ذَوّاقَه
fajnšmekrznalec
connaisseurkender
connaisseurconnoisseurconocedor
erikoistuntijatuntija
műértő
sérfræîingur
lietpratējspazinējs

connoisseur

[ˌkɒnəˈsɜːʳ] Nconocedor(a) m/f, entendido/a m/f
an art connoisseurun entendido en arte
a wine connoisseurun entendido en vinos, un enólogo

connoisseur

[ˌkɒnəˈsɜːr] nconnaisseur/euse m/f

connoisseur

nKenner m, → Connaisseur m (geh); connoisseur of wines/womenWein-/Frauenkenner m

connoisseur

[ˌkɒnəˈsɜːʳ] nconoscitore/trice, intenditore/trice

connoisseur

(konəˈsəː) noun
an expert judge of eg art, music, wine etc. Let him choose the wine – he's the connoisseur.
References in classic literature ?
You are a thing of beauty and a joy forever," said Jo, looking through her hand with the air of a connoisseur at the blue feather against the golden hair.
Then it fell for a tender moment on the jaundiced page of my old Boccaccio,--a rare edition, which I had taken from my knapsack to indulge myself with the appreciation of a connoisseur.
The figure of Rebecca might indeed have compared with the proudest beauties of England, even though it had been judged by as shrewd a connoisseur as Prince John.
This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard.
A blessing on Cide Hamete Benengeli, who has written the history of your great deeds, and a double blessing on that connoisseur who took the trouble of having it translated out of the Arabic into our Castilian vulgar tongue for the universal entertainment of the people
His talents as a card-player, a narrator, an amiable man of the highest breeding, were so well known and appreciated that parties would have seemed a failure if the dainty connoisseur was absent.
I tasted, more from curiosity than as a connoisseur, whilst Captain Nemo enchanted me with his extraordinary stories.
I knew a gentleman who prided himself all his life on being a connoisseur of Lafitte.
Unfortunately, the qualities of this horse were so well concealed under his strange-colored hide and his unaccountable gait, that at a time when everybody was a connoisseur in horseflesh, the appearance of the aforesaid pony at Meung--which place he had entered about a quarter of an hour before, by the gate of Beaugency--produced an unfavorable feeling, which extended to his rider.
A glance at the walls of his salon proved to Franz and Albert that he was a connoisseur of pictures.
He returned to his room, and after depositing the ring in a casket filled with brilliants of every sort, for the cardinal was a connoisseur in precious stones, he called to Bernouin to undress him, regardless of the noises of gun-fire that, though it was now near midnight, continued to resound through Paris.
It may seem incredible that a confectioner should have ideas and conversation so much resembling those to be met with in a higher walk of life, but it must be remembered that he had not merely travelled, he had also bow-legs and a sallow, small-featured visage, so that nature herself had stamped him for a fastidious connoisseur of the fair sex.