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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 connoisseurship
  • The readjustment reflects both a change of taste and a decline in connoisseurship.
  • For centuries art detectives had to rely mainly on connoisseurship.
  • There are a lot of people who write about food, but nobody has really concentrated on fruit connoisseurship.
  • He relished violence almost to the point of connoisseurship.
  • Knowledge and mastery of methods of advanced art historical research, connoisseurship, and cataloguing.
  • The duties of park curators have focused on collections management, rather than connoisseurship.
  • In some instances the connoisseurship which results can be critical to the development of a treatment strategy.
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseurship


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 connoisseurship



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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