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Pronunciation:  `kânu'sur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts

CONNOISSEUR is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cognoscenti
 See Also: aesthete, authority, esthete, oenophile, oenophilist, wine lover



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con`nois*seur"\ (?; 277), n. [F. connaisseur,
formerly connoisseur, fr. conna[^i]tre to know, fr. L.
cognoscere to become acquainted with; co- + noscere,
gnoscere, to learn to know. See {Know}, {amd cf}.
One well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person;
a critical judge of any art, particulary of one of the fine

      The connoisseur is ``one who knows,'' as opposed to the
      dilettant, who only ``thinks he knows.'' --Fairholt.

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