an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
A specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste
Origin: Around 1705–1715, from connoisseur, from the verb connoître (obsolete pre-1835 spelling of connaître).
one well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person; a critical judge of any art, particulary of one of the fine arts
Origin: [F. connaisseur, formerly connoisseur, fr. connatre to know, fr. L. cognoscere to become acquainted with; co- + noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know. See Know, and cf. Cognizor.]
A connoisseur is a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines, or an expert judge in matters of taste. In many areas the term now has an air of pretension, and may be used in a partly ironic sense, but in the art trade connoisseurship remains a crucial skill for the identification and attribution to individual artists of works, where documentary evidence of provenance is lacking. The situation in the wine trade is similar, for example in assessing the potential for ageing in a young wine through wine tasting.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon-es-sehr′, or kon-is-ūr′, n. one who knows a subject well; a critical judge in art, music, &c.—n. Connoisseur′ship, the skill of a connoisseur. [Fr. connoître—L. cognoscĕre, to know.]
The numerical value of connoisseur in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of connoisseur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's been debated for years whether Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. Yet it's not so well appreciated that Beauty can be totally worthless without her true appreciator. As Sir Allama Iqbal pointed out in his poetry: "For a thousand years the most beautiful and rare flower of Narcissus (or Nargis) laments her blindness. It's with great difficulties that the one with true vision is ever born in the garden." I also believe that either Beauty or Creativity or Genius attains her true meaning only after meeting with her authentic aficionado, her true appreciator; and that seldom happens easily. A connoisseur is therefore absolutely critical, IMHO, for the existence of Beauty, Creativity and Genius in our world.
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- connaisseur, connoisseurSpanish
- tuntija, erikoistuntijaFinnish
- 鑑識家, 目利き, 鑑定家Japanese
- deskundige, kennerDutch
- znawca, koneserPolish
- znalac, ekspertSerbo-Croatian
- uzman, erbap, meraklı, mütehassısTurkish
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