Definition of connoisseur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnəˈsɜː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnəˈsɜːr//
, NAmE//ˌkɑːnəˈsʊr//
The art world
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an expert on matters involving the judgement of beauty, quality or skill in art, food or music a connoisseur of Italian painting a wine connoisseur The exhibition will be a delight for the collector and connoisseur of silver ornaments. See related entries: The art world Word Originearly 18th cent.: from obsolete French, from conoistre ‘know’.Extra examples Only the true connoisseur could tell the difference between these two wines. This is one of those movies that will separate the casual movie-goers from the real connoisseurs. a great connoisseur of Japanese art He was also a connoisseur of Renaissance art. She’s a respected connoisseur and collector of modern sculpture. This is a gift that any wine connoisseur would love.
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