Definition of connoisseur in English:



  • An expert judge in matters of taste.

    ‘a connoisseur of music’
    • ‘The connoisseurs came up with a surprising range of taste and bouquet descriptions.’
    • ‘Certainly, there was a host of different dishes hot and steamy to cater to the tastes of connoisseurs.’
    • ‘A leading connoisseur of bottled water last night advised consumers to pick and choose between bottled and mains water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Raw concrete is a taste acquired by few outside a tight-knit commando of architectural connoisseurs.’
    • ‘It will give an opportunity for the connoisseurs of food to fulfil their gastronomical desires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Caribbean mango connoisseurs argue over which variety is the most luscious.’
    • ‘Like the original structure, his piece has a beauty that lures connoisseurs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Early catalogues served connoisseurs and noble visitors whilst also publicizing the taste and wealth of the owner.’
    • ‘Wine connoisseurs demonstrate how to savour the true taste of wine without depending on the nose.’
    • ‘It looks the same and only the connoisseur would tell the difference in taste.’
    • ‘For connoisseurs of intelligence fiction a few titles epitomize the essence of the craft.’
    • ‘He was a connoisseur and he felt they were connoisseurs, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    expert judge, expert judge of, authority, authority on, specialist, specialist in
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Early 18th century: from obsolete French, from conoistre ‘know’.