Definition of maven in English:

maven

noun

North American
informal
  • often with modifier An expert or connoisseur.

    ‘fashion mavens call beige oatmeal’
    • ‘These pure language mavens always come up with the notion people who use language that shocks their shell-pink ears are simply lacking in vocabulary.’
    • ‘I'm not a federalism maven; though I've followed the Court's jurisprudence here, I can't claim deep expertise.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm mistaken, since I'm not an appellate procedure maven (and maybe I'd be mistaken even if I was).’
    • ‘Many specialists, former regulators, and industry mavens say they believe the new regime is moving in the right direction.’
    • ‘But, typically, more than a few self-appointed culture mavens and media snobs were snickering under their breath.’
    • ‘News mavens should be advised that this is a story that points up the difference between the main-line media and blogs.’
    • ‘Academics and poverty mavens know this to be the case, though they try to soften the harshness of its implications.’
    • ‘I'm not enough of a poll maven to give a precise enumeration or history, but that's really uncommon.’
    • ‘In the buzzing, blooming confusion of human choices and actions, such knowledge can be harder to pin down than many social research mavens care to admit.’
    • ‘But that's what rock 'n' roll is all about, say the fashion mavens.’
    • ‘I'm glad that he pointed out that being a great type designer does not make one a typewriter history maven.’
    • ‘Many marketers and brand mavens see them as identical.’
    • ‘So she did, and now she's a book publishing maven as well.’
    • ‘Usage mavens generally advise that such phrases ought to connect to the subject of the following clause, rather than to a noun phrase in some other position.’
    • ‘Blues fans, music historians, and guitar mavens will flock to secure this rare disc.’
    • ‘Some privacy mavens see them as a step toward a world where everything we own becomes a potential bug that can track us everywhere and all the time.’
    • ‘Our neighbor Elizabeth fancied herself a paint maven, proclaiming that light colors dried darker and dark colors dried lighter.’
    • ‘I swear to you, if my father starts wearing his beige and brown leisure suit again, I will make the fashion mavens responsible for this pay.’
    • ‘He became the impeachment maven even though he had no clear expertise related to the questions at hand.’
    • ‘Opera mavens head to Milan for Verdi, Bayreuth for Wagner.’
    intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage
    View synonyms

Origin

1960s: Yiddish.

Pronunciation

maven

/ˈmeɪv(ə)n/