from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts.
- n. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A specialist of a given field whose opinion is valued; especially in one of the fine arts, or in a matter of taste
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person; a critical judge of any art, particulary of one of the fine arts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A critical judge of any art, particularly of painting, sculpture, or music; one competent to pass a critical judgment: as, a connoisseur of carvings; a connoisseur of lace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
Obsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Around 1705–1715, from French connoisseur, from the verb connoître (obsolete pre-1835 spelling of connaître ("to know")). (Wiktionary)