- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkɑnəˈsɝ/, /ˌkɑnəˈsʊɹ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɒnəˈsɜː/, /ˌkɒnəˈsʊə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ), -ʊə(ɹ)
connoisseur (plural connoisseurs)
- 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.
- connoisseuse (informal, very rare)
specialist whose opinion is valued
- Obsolete spelling of