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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 of connoisseur
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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  • He was now, in some measure, "a person of means," and he made the habit of connoisseurship his hobby.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • There were the cobwebs about connoisseurship, etc., but what do they matter?

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • His connoisseurship would be nothing if he did not question the competence of another, if not of all others.

    Poor Relations Honore de Balzac
  • No field in collecting and connoisseurship has claimed more devotees.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • But Hartman is not the only witness to Digby's connoisseurship in the joint mysteries.

  • French painting really began in connoisseurship, one may say.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • Mrs. Jameson's connoisseurship was not limited to pictorial and sculptural art.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899 Julia Ward Howe.
British Dictionary definitions for connoisseurship

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 connoisseurship

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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