Definition of connoisseur in English:



  • An expert judge in matters of taste.

    ‘a connoisseur of music’
    • ‘Wine connoisseurs demonstrate how to savour the true taste of wine without depending on the nose.’
    • ‘Beer connoisseurs argue that the brews don't taste as good as those made with malted barley.’
    • ‘Local connoisseurs are seldom of much help in correcting the error.’
    • ‘Raw concrete is a taste acquired by few outside a tight-knit commando of architectural connoisseurs.’
    • ‘With just over a month to go before this year's grape harvest, vineyard owners and wine connoisseurs are hoping the good weather will continue.’
    • ‘It looks the same and only the connoisseur would tell the difference in taste.’
    • ‘It will give an opportunity for the connoisseurs of food to fulfil their gastronomical desires.’
    • ‘They have been created by expert designers to attract fashion connoisseurs and the textile industry at large.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the project seems to have provoked some bemused commentary among art connoisseurs.’
    • ‘The connoisseurs came up with a surprising range of taste and bouquet descriptions.’
    • ‘A leading connoisseur of bottled water last night advised consumers to pick and choose between bottled and mains water.’
    • ‘Caribbean mango connoisseurs argue over which variety is the most luscious.’
    • ‘Certainly, there was a host of different dishes hot and steamy to cater to the tastes of connoisseurs.’
    • ‘Plus, connoisseurs will soon be to able purchase originals for themselves.’
    • ‘Fireworks are integral to the social life of the Japanese, who are perhaps the world's greatest firework artists and connoisseurs.’
    • ‘For beer connoisseurs it was one of the great events of the social calendar - a real ale festival at one of Scotland's finest country houses.’
    • ‘Early catalogues served connoisseurs and noble visitors whilst also publicizing the taste and wealth of the owner.’
    • ‘He was a connoisseur and he felt they were connoisseurs, too.’
    • ‘Like the original structure, his piece has a beauty that lures connoisseurs.’
    • ‘For connoisseurs of intelligence fiction a few titles epitomize the essence of the craft.’
    arbiter of taste, pundit, savant, one of the cognoscenti, aesthete
    gourmet, epicure, gastronome
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Early 18th century: from obsolete French, from conoistre know.