Definition of maven in English:

maven

noun

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

    ‘fashion mavens call beige oatmeal’
    • ‘Many specialists, former regulators, and industry mavens say they believe the new regime is moving in the right direction.’
    • ‘I'm glad that he pointed out that being a great type designer does not make one a typewriter history maven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So she did, and now she's a book publishing maven as well.’
    • ‘Our neighbor Elizabeth fancied herself a paint maven, proclaiming that light colors dried darker and dark colors dried lighter.’
    • ‘He became the impeachment maven even though he had no clear expertise related to the questions at hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not a federalism maven; though I've followed the Court's jurisprudence here, I can't claim deep expertise.’
    • ‘News mavens should be advised that this is a story that points up the difference between the main-line media and blogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not enough of a poll maven to give a precise enumeration or history, but that's really uncommon.’
    • ‘But that's what rock 'n' roll is all about, say the fashion mavens.’
    • ‘Academics and poverty mavens know this to be the case, though they try to soften the harshness of its implications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many marketers and brand mavens see them as identical.’
    • ‘But, typically, more than a few self-appointed culture mavens and media snobs were snickering under their breath.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm mistaken, since I'm not an appellate procedure maven (and maybe I'd be mistaken even if I was).’
    • ‘Blues fans, music historians, and guitar mavens will flock to secure this rare disc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

1960s: Yiddish.

Pronunciation

maven

/ˈmeɪv(ə)n/