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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.
    beer connoisseur
    chocolate connoisseur
    wine connoisseur
    • 1811, [Jane Austen], chapter III, in Sense and Sensibility [], volume I, London: [] C[harles] Roworth, [], and published by T[homas] Egerton, [], →OCLC:
      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.
    • 1871–1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XIX, in Middlemarch [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to IV), Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood and Sons, →OCLC, 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:
      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:
      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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  • IPA(key): /kɔ.nɛ.sœʁ/ ~ /kɔ.ne.sœʁ/

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connoisseur m (plural connoisseurs, feminine connoisseuse)

  1. Obsolete spelling of connaisseur.