Definition of expert in US English:

expert

noun

  • A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.

    ‘a financial expert’
    ‘experts in child development’
    • ‘Many experts who do not expect a crash think that house prices will stagnate for several years.’
    • ‘We asked the experts for tips on how to get a good deal on a buy-to-let mortgage.’
    • ‘Fire experts are still trying to establish the cause of a blaze in which a man died.’
    • ‘Buying rural property is a complex business that requires the help of genuine experts.’
    • ‘They can get advice on a range of business subjects and can test their knowledge with the experts.’
    • ‘Industry experts believe the pain is likely to continue at least until the middle of this year.’
    • ‘Bleaching your teeth, say dental experts, causes as much damage as a can of fizzy drink.’
    • ‘The street was cordoned off and forensic experts combed the area and the club for evidence.’
    • ‘From the way they had cut the paintings from their frames, it was clear they were not art experts.’
    • ‘Even experts do not agree on how best to use your vote to influence parliament.’
    • ‘No timescale has been set and the artist will be chosen in consultation with a panel of experts.’
    • ‘Some experts advise the use of wax or some other tacky substance to hold the dubbing in place.’
    • ‘In every area of life the experts are ready to smooth our path and tell us what to believe.’
    • ‘Many of us attend post-budget breakfasts where we hear what the experts have to say.’
    • ‘Unless you are comfortable laying decks or paving, it's best to get the experts in.’
    • ‘With experts predicting further rises, we show you how to cut your fuel bills this winter.’
    • ‘Army bomb disposal experts spent several hours examining the scene of the attack.’
    • ‘He was widely regarded by colleagues as one of the leading experts in his field.’
    • ‘Memory experts use visual mnemonics as a way of remembering lists of information.’
    • ‘He'd come home and tell us about talks they'd had at school from the police and other experts.’
    specialist, authority, pundit, oracle, resource person
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adjective

  • Having or involving authoritative knowledge.

    ‘he had received expert academic advice’
    ‘he is expert at handling the media’
    • ‘He was however an ardent and expert fisherman, and tended to haunt waters more suitable to that end.’
    • ‘There will need to be provision for witness statements and for expert evidence.’
    • ‘It may well be that in such a case, it would be necessary to get some form of expert evidence about it.’
    • ‘If you are actually going to court, you will need the expert advice only a solicitor who knows your case can give.’
    • ‘So why does the idea of expert patients provoke such antipathy within the medical profession?’
    • ‘We should listen to expert advice, but to slavishly follow it on every occasion defies logic.’
    • ‘Their expert advice has meant the difference between a birdie or a bogey for countless golfers.’
    • ‘Just how expert they are seems never to be questioned or justified except here maybe.’
    • ‘Many who do get jobs go into coaching and providing expert advice to elite sports athletes.’
    • ‘We're quite expert at it, so the complaining shrieks and wails she utters are nothing to do with pain.’
    • ‘None of this is to deny the importance of forward planning based on expert knowledge.’
    • ‘Most of the day was spent learning new skills under the guidance of expert teachers.’
    • ‘It was a source of delighted surprise to his friends to discover his expert knowledge of food and wines.’
    • ‘It is a perfect book for beginners but will remain valuable for those that pursue the study to expert level.’
    • ‘My task was to take him for a spin and let him cast his expert eye over my driving skills… or lack of them.’
    • ‘As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.’
    • ‘Panels of expert judges have been shown to be reliable for setting standards.’
    • ‘He will provide expert analysis on the fourth and fifth test matches.’
    • ‘Was it not rather his expert opinion that had to be treated with caution?’
    • ‘All you need to do is take your skis into the shop and get some expert advice on the type you need.’
    skilful, skilled, adept, accomplished, talented, fine
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Origin

Middle English (as an adjective): from French, from Latin expertus, past participle of experiri ‘try’. The noun use dates from the early 19th century Compare with experience and experiment.

Pronunciation

expert

/ˈekˌspərt//ˈɛkˌspərt/