noun Etymology: obsolete French (now connaisseur), from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere — more at cognition Date: 1714 1. expert; especially one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge 2. one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties <
a connoisseur of fine wines
connoisseurship noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, , (as distinguished from the dilettante, who merely pretends to good taste)

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  • connoisseur — CONNOISSEUR, EUSE. s. Celui, celle qui se connoît à quelque chose. Si vous dites que ce diamant est d une belle eau, vous n êtes pas connoisseur. C est un grand connoisseur en tableaux. Il est bon connoisseur en chevaux. Faire le connoisseur.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • connoisseur — con‧nois‧seur [ˌkɒnəˈsɜː ǁ ˌkɑːnəˈsɜːr] noun [countable] someone who knows a lot about something such as art, wine etc: • an art historian and connoisseur of drawings * * * connoisseur UK US /ˌkɒnəˈsɜːr/ noun [C] ► someone who has a lot of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Connoisseur — Con nois*seur (?; 277), n. [F. connaisseur, formerly connoisseur, fr. conna[^i]tre to know, fr. L. cognoscere to become acquainted with; co + noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know. See {Know}, and cf. {Cognizor}.] One well versed in any subject; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • connoisseur — 1714, from Fr. connoisseur (Mod.Fr. connaiseur), from O.Fr. conoisseor an expert, a judge, one well versed, from conoistre to know, from L. cognoscere to know, to become well acquainted with, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + gnoscere… …   Etymology dictionary

  • connoisseur — Connoisseur. s. m. v. Qui se connoist à quelque chose. Si vous dites que ce diamant, que ce quadruple est bon, vous n estes pas connoisseur. les grands connoisseurs en tableaux. je m en rapporte aux connoisseurs …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • connoisseur — index expert, specialist Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • connoisseur — dilettante, *aesthete Analogous words: *epicure, gourmet, bon vivant: *expert, adept Contrasted words: *amateur, tyro, dabbler …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • connoisseur — [n] authority adept, aesthete, aficionado, appreciator, arbiter, bon vivant, buff*, cognoscente, critic, devotee, dilettante, epicure, expert, fan, freak*, gourmet, judge, maven*, nut*, one into*, savant, specialist; concepts 352,376 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • connoisseur — ► NOUN ▪ an expert judge in matters of taste. DERIVATIVES connoisseurship noun. ORIGIN French, from connaître know …   English terms dictionary

  • connoisseur — [kän΄ə sʉr′, kän΄əso͞or′] n. [Fr (now connaisseur) < OFr conoisseor, a judge, one well versed < conoistre < L cognoscere, to know: see COGNITION] a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, esp. in the fine… …   English World dictionary

  • Connoisseur — For other uses, see Connoisseur (disambiguation). A connoisseur (French connaisseur, from Middle French connoistre, then connaître meaning to be acquainted with or to know somebody/something. ) is a person who has a great deal of knowledge about… …   Wikipedia

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