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Around 1705–1715, from French connoisseur, from the verb connoître (obsolete pre-1835 spelling of connaître (to know)).



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connoisseur (plural connoisseurs)

  1. A specialist in a given field whose opinion is highly valued, especially in one of the fine arts or in matters of taste.
    • 1811, [Jane Austen], chapter III, in Sense and Sensibility: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for the author, by C[harles] Roworth, [], and published by T[homas] Egerton, [], OCLC 20599507:
      It is evident, in spite of his frequent attention to her while she draws, that in fact he knows nothing of the matter. He admires as a lover, not as a connoisseur.
    • 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XIX, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume (please specify |volume=I, II, III, or IV), Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book (please specify |book=I to VIII):
      No; nonsense, Naumann! English ladies are not at everybody’s service as models. And you want to express too much with your painting. You would only have made a better or worse portrait with a background which every connoisseur would give a different reason for or against.
    • 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134:
      This, when it was brought to him, he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard.
    • 2002 October 20, Bob Morris, “The Age of Dissonance”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Real connoisseurs know that to nose and taste properly you have to add still water to your tulip-shaped glass so that the alcohol doesn't overwhelm you.


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connoisseur m (plural connoisseurs, feminine connoisseuse)

  1. Obsolete spelling of connaisseur