One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An influential thinker in a particular field, especially philosophy or literature.
1950s; earliest use found in Encounter. From French maître à penser, lit. ‘master of thinking’ from maître master + à to, at, in + penser to think.
maître à penser/ˌmɛtr a ˈpɒ̃seɪ//ˌmeɪtrə a ˈpɒnseɪ/
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