maven

[mey-vuhn]
noun
an expert or connoisseur.
Also, mavin.


Origin:
1960–65; < Yiddish < Hebrew: connoisseur

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maven or mavin (ˈmeɪvən)
 
n
(US) an expert or connoisseur
 
[C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding]
 
mavin or mavin
 
n
 
[C20: from Yiddish, from Hebrew mevin understanding]

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maven
1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Heb. mebhin, lit. "one who understands." Plural is mayvinim.
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maven definition

[ˈmevnæ]
and mavin
  1. n.
    an expert; a self-proclaimed expert. (From Hebrew mevin via Yiddish.) : A maven in the stock market you are not.
  2. in.
    to act as a maven (sense 1). : She's always mavening about something.
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Example sentences
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.
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