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connoisseur

[kon-uh-sur, -soo r] /ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər/
noun
1.
a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste:
a connoisseur of modern art.
2.
a discerning judge of the best in any field:
a connoisseur of horses.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French; Old French conoiseor < Latin cognōscitōr- (stem of cognōscitor) knower. See cognoscible, -tor
Related forms
connoisseurship, noun
Synonyms
critic, aesthete.
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  • If you are a hardcore coffee connoisseur, you might find the pod choices too limiting.
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  • As a brewery, this place houses more than enough choices in draft and bottle form to please the average connoisseur of suds.
  • Every connoisseur of lobster recognizes the edible coral or red, more technically known as the ovary with developing eggs.
  • Shanks, as portraitist and connoisseur of the human form, surprises and delights in this special exhibition.
  • For the beer connoisseur, the mug club is a special treat.
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseur

connoisseur

/ˌkɒnɪˈsɜː/
noun
1.
a person with special knowledge or appreciation of a field, esp in the arts
Derived Forms
connoisseurship, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French conoiseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognōscere
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Word Origin and History for connoisseur
n.

1714, from French connoisseur (Modern French connaiseur), from Old French conoisseor "an expert, a judge, one well-versed," from conoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to know, to become well-acquainted with," from com- "with" (see com-) + gnoscere "recognize" (see notice (v.)).

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