Definition of maître à penser in English:

maître à penser

noun

  • An influential thinker in a particular field, especially philosophy or literature.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

maître à penser

/ˌmɛtr a ˈpɒ̃seɪ//ˌmeɪtrə a ˈpɒnseɪ/