Maven meaning

mā'vən
A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.
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The definition of a maven is an expert.

An example of a maven is someone who knows all about wine.

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An expert or connoisseur, often, specif., a self-proclaimed one.
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(chiefly US) A self-styled expert in a given field.

Pam is a coffee maven; she knows so much about coffee.

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Origin of maven

  • Yiddish meyvn from Hebrew mēbîn active participle of hēbîn to understand derived stem of bîn to discern byn in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Yiddish מבֿין (meyvn, “know-it-all"), from Hebrew מֵבִין (mevín, “one who understands, connoisseur, expert").
    From Wiktionary