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Definition an expert who appreciates the fine points of one of the arts — especially fine cuisine
  • a wine connoisseur
  • a connoisseur of classic music
  • It is evident, in spite of his frequent attention to her while she draws, that in fact he knows nothing of the matter. He admires as a lover, not as a connoisseur.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • all the connoisseurs who heard her said: "It is not trained, but it is a beautiful voice that must be trained."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • he drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • connoisseurship = knowledge about and appreciation of
  • It's like if you were a Matisse connoisseur, and you look at a lot of pictures, and then you'd go, ahh, there is the Matisse.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "Excuse the admiration of a connoisseur," said he as he waved his hand towards the line of portraits which covered the opposite wall.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He had bought that vase for the satisfaction of thinking of all the connoisseurs who could not afford it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was not simply the connoisseur, the snob, that Kleppmann detested.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A certain American gentleman, Mr J. Baker Wood, was a connoisseur and collector of miniatures.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Alessandro thought he might be the son of a Methuselan connoisseur who lived in a villa threatened by floods.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "And so, connoisseurs in wine as we are, we have sent you some Anjou wine?" said Porthos.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Hans Castorp stepped out from under the tree to let a few fall on his sleeve and to examine them with the connoisseur's expert eye.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Buelah was a soul-food connoisseur.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • He had an emergency, he told Dede, but being a connoisseur of fear, she guessed he was afraid.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Denied admission to Harvard and Yale and the "right" beginning, he had become a self-conscious connoisseur of fine things.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "You are a connoisseur in flowers, signor," said Beatrice, with a smile, alluding to the bouquet which he had flung her from the window.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter
  • This like a wine connoisseur dropping a name.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • 'Thirty dollars each?' remarked Aarfy slowly, poking and patting each of the three strapping girls skeptically with the air of a grudging connoisseur.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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