from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.
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- n. A self-styled expert in a given field.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
SAFIRE: Well, language maven, and maven, of course, is a Yiddish word for connoisseur.
The word maven Luntz is a sharp character, but he's more interested in "message development" than in searching for truth.
Rachael Ray, the ever-perky talk show host/” 30-Minute Meal” maven, is upset over rumors about her marriage being on the rocks.
Dan Neil/The Wall Street Journal Ferrari FF: Sort of cool, sort of not One of the more endearing acts of journalism I've seen was William Safire's occasional "On Language" mea culpa, a column in which the famed word maven would admit to errors and misjudgments—throwing himself on the pikes of the punctilious, as he might say.
A "maven" is a gatherer of information and impressions, and so is often the first to pick up on new or emerging trends.
And he took what may have been a swipe at fellow word maven William Safire for putting the phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism" into the vice president's mouth.
Since we set this one loose on Twitter -- with six-word maven Mary Elizabeth Williams immediately replying wit "From ABC to PYT to RIP." -- yesterday, we've had some great responses.
Thank goodness I have my very own style maven aka my sister.
Anonymous said ... maven, that is a good point about children and families vs. institutions.
And everybody has a different opinion and everybody is a so-called maven on politics all of a sudden.
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