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maven

[mey-vuh n] /ˈmeɪ vən/
noun
1.
an expert or connoisseur.
Also, mavin.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur
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  • maven did not have to train the day before the match.
  • The first statement was a bit jarring coming from the self-professed maven of straight talk.
  • maven will be purchasing two new trucks for equipment transportation.
British Dictionary definitions for maven

maven

/ˈmeɪvən/
noun
1.
(US) an expert or connoisseur
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding
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Word Origin and History for maven
n.

1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin, literally "one who understands." Plural is mayvinim.

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Slang definitions & phrases for maven

maven

noun

An expert; an authority; a connoisseur: growing clientele of pizza mavins/A real advertising mavin must have thought that up

[1960s+; fr Yiddish fr Hebrew, ''understanding'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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