Maven definition

māvən
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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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(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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(informal) An expert or connoisseur, often, specif., a self-proclaimed one.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of maven - mavin

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maven
Plural:
mavens

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