connoisseur[kän′ə sʉr′, -so̵̅o̅r′]
- The definition of a connoisseur is a person who is an expert at something or who has informed and discriminating taste.
An example of connoissuer is an art expert who only likes certain great artists.
Origin of connoisseurFrench (now connaisseur) ; from Old French conoisseor, a judge, one well versed ; from conoistre ; from Classical Latin cognoscere, to know: see cognition
- A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts.
- A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines.
Origin of connoisseurObsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition.
Around 1705–1715, from French connoisseur, from the verb connoître (obsolete pre-1835 spelling of connaître (“to know”)).