from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.
  • n. The highest grade that can be achieved in marksmanship.
  • n. A person who has achieved this grade.
  • adj. Having, involving, or demonstrating great skill, dexterity, or knowledge as the result of experience or training. See Synonyms at proficient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Extraordinarily capable or knowledgeable.
  • adj. Characteristic of an expert.
  • n. A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject.
  • n. A player ranking just below master.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Taught by use, practice, or experience, experienced; having facility of operation or performance from practice; knowing and ready from much practice; clever; skillful
  • n. An expert or experienced person; one instructed by experience; one who has skill, experience, or extensive knowledge in his calling or in any special branch of learning.
  • n.
  • n. A specialist in a particular profession or department of science requiring for its mastery peculiar culture and erudition.
  • n. A sworn appraiser.
  • transitive v. To experience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having had experience; experienced; practised; trained; taught by use, practice, or experience.
  • Skilful; dexterous; adroit; having facility acquired by practice.
  • Pertaining to or resulting from experience; due to or proceeding from one having practical knowledge or skill: as, expert workmanship; expert testimony.
  • Synonyms Adroit, Dexterous, Expert, etc. (see adroit); trained, practised. See skilful.
  • n. An experienced, skilful, or practised person; one skilled or thoroughly informed in any particular department of knowledge or art.
  • n. In law, a person who, by virtue of special acquired knowledge or experience on a subject, presumably not within the knowledge of men generally, may testify in a court of justice to matters of opinion thereon, as distinguished from ordinary witnesses, who can in general testify only to facts.
  • To experience.
  • [⟨ expert, n.] To examine (books, accounts, etc.) as an expert; have examined by an expert: as, the accounts have been experted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  • adj. of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood
  • adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, experienced, from Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī, to try; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin expertus.


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