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[kon-uh-sur, -soo r] /ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər/
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.
a discerning judge of the best in any field:
a connoisseur of horses.
1705-15; < French; Old French conoiseor < Latin cognōscitōr- (stem of cognōscitor) knower. See cognoscible, -tor
Related forms
connoisseurship, noun
critic, aesthete. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for connoisseurs
  • His work is shown in many galleries and is prized by connoisseurs of prints.
  • But the legend of the musk strawberry persisted among a few scientists and fruit connoisseurs.
  • Roller coaster connoisseurs tend to dismiss water rides as too slow, too tame, and too wet.
  • connoisseurs can come down and choose their drinks themselves.
  • The smell is what keeps some would-be connoisseurs at bay.
  • Data centers produce a lot of heat, but to energy connoisseurs it's not really high quality heat.
  • The beast's fame started to spread out of the insulated world of car-audio connoisseurs.
  • Those who came after him until today were all grand connoisseurs.
  • These oysters are not for chewing, and with the help of frosty cold beer, connoisseurs slurp down a dozen in a few minutes.
  • They are collectors of odd facts, but also connoisseurs of context.
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseurs


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 connoisseurs



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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