American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts.
- n. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A critical judge of any art, particularly of painting, sculpture, or music; one competent to pass a critical judgment: as, a connoisseur of carvings; a connoisseur of lace.
- n. A specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person; a critical judge of any art, particulary of one of the fine arts.
- n. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
- Around 1705–1715, from French connoisseur, from the verb connoître (obsolete pre-1835 spelling of connaître ("to know")). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'm no muffin connoisseur, but I think that's how muffins should be!”
“The word connoisseur means, 'the people that think your tastes are so far below them, you are no better than a garbage scouring raccoon'.”
“He is a writer whose colloquial approach masks both a rather uncolloquial feeling for the tautest way of getting his point across and a word connoisseur's desire to show off his collection.”
“18 To the porcelain connoisseur Warren Cox, the proliferation of willowware occurred to the detriment of good taste: “Nothing could better exemplify the utter dearth of aesthetic consciousness than the stupid copying of this design which lacks every element of true Chinese painting and any real claim to beauty whatsoever, and the maudlin stories wrought about it to please the sentimental old ladies of the late eighteenth century.””
“In addition to being known as a connoisseur of pulchritude, Hughes had a reputation as an inventor, and was said to have designed a special bra to make even more of Ms. Russell's appearance.”
“In an early-nineteenth-century book — attributed to Mayer Oppenheim — about English-style pottery, prominent references are made to Torbern Bergman, Jean-Henri Hassenfratz, René Réaumur, Johann Heinrich Pott, and Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, all authors of publications about ceramics manufacture or about some aspect of that subject. 10 Oppenheim mentions the potters Josiah Wedgwood and Bernard Palissy, names a connoisseur would recognize although neither was then alive.”
“And he was not known as a connoisseur for nothing.”
“Charles (2) -- HART, JOHN THOMAS; pupil of Samuel Gilkes; specially known as connoisseur, collector, and dealer -- Heesom, Edward -- Hill,”
“His lordship is well known as a connoisseur, both a fine body (Keep it clean, Bunter!) — in every sense of the word (Laughter) — and of a fine spirit (Cheers) — also in every sense of the word”
“But there is a deeper and more personal significance in this dedication, for some of the stories were begotten in late gossip by your fireside; and furthermore, my little book is given a kind of distinction, in having on its fore-page the name of one well known as a connoisseur of art and a lover of literature.”
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