(kon-neh-SEUR) [French, from Latin cognosciter: knower] A person with thorough knowledge of any of the arts or of matters of taste, whose expertise qualifies him or her to make critical judgments in such matters.
   Connoisseurs will encounter some old Vidal favorites —The New York Review of Books, April 22, 1999.

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, , (as distinguished from the dilettante, who merely pretends to good taste)

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  • connoisseur — CONNOISSEUR, EUSE. s. Celui, celle qui se connoît à quelque chose. Si vous dites que ce diamant est d une belle eau, vous n êtes pas connoisseur. C est un grand connoisseur en tableaux. Il est bon connoisseur en chevaux. Faire le connoisseur.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • connoisseur — con‧nois‧seur [ˌkɒnəˈsɜː ǁ ˌkɑːnəˈsɜːr] noun [countable] someone who knows a lot about something such as art, wine etc: • an art historian and connoisseur of drawings * * * connoisseur UK US /ˌkɒnəˈsɜːr/ noun [C] ► someone who has a lot of… …   Financial and business terms

  • Connoisseur — Con nois*seur (?; 277), n. [F. connaisseur, formerly connoisseur, fr. conna[^i]tre to know, fr. L. cognoscere to become acquainted with; co + noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know. See {Know}, and cf. {Cognizor}.] One well versed in any subject; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Connoisseur (Hi-Fi) — Connoisseur was the brand name of the products manufactured by the British manufacturer of Hi Fi Equipment Sugden and Co Ltd[1], more particularly turntables[2]. ^ hersteller detail.cfm?company id=8378 ^ …   Wikipedia

  • connoisseur — 1714, from Fr. connoisseur (Mod.Fr. connaiseur), from O.Fr. conoisseor an expert, a judge, one well versed, from conoistre to know, from L. cognoscere to know, to become well acquainted with, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + gnoscere… …   Etymology dictionary

  • connoisseur — Connoisseur. s. m. v. Qui se connoist à quelque chose. Si vous dites que ce diamant, que ce quadruple est bon, vous n estes pas connoisseur. les grands connoisseurs en tableaux. je m en rapporte aux connoisseurs …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • connoisseur — index expert, specialist Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • connoisseur — dilettante, *aesthete Analogous words: *epicure, gourmet, bon vivant: *expert, adept Contrasted words: *amateur, tyro, dabbler …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • connoisseur — [n] authority adept, aesthete, aficionado, appreciator, arbiter, bon vivant, buff*, cognoscente, critic, devotee, dilettante, epicure, expert, fan, freak*, gourmet, judge, maven*, nut*, one into*, savant, specialist; concepts 352,376 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • connoisseur — ► NOUN ▪ an expert judge in matters of taste. DERIVATIVES connoisseurship noun. ORIGIN French, from connaître know …   English terms dictionary

  • connoisseur — [kän΄ə sʉr′, kän΄əso͞or′] n. [Fr (now connaisseur) < OFr conoisseor, a judge, one well versed < conoistre < L cognoscere, to know: see COGNITION] a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, esp. in the fine… …   English World dictionary

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