American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.
- n. A self-styled expert in a given field.
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
- From Yiddish מבֿין (meyvn, "know-it-all"), from Hebrew מֵבִין (mevín, "one who understands, connoisseur, expert"). (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mēbîn, active participle of hēbîn, to understand, derived stem of bîn, to discern; see byn in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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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