November 25, 2017
connoisseur (noun)
\kah-nuh-SER\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a person qualified to act as a judge in matters of taste and appreciation
How do you use it?
He was a coffee connoisseur who could tell you what each variety of coffee bean tasted like and how best to brew it.
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"Connoisseur" traces ultimately to Latin. What does the Latin root of "connoisseur" mean?

If you chose C, you're in the know! "Connoisseur" was taken into English directly from French, from the now-obsolete French word "connoisseur," meaning "expert." (The modern French word is "connoisseur.") French "connoisseur" came from a medieval French verb meaning "to know," and it in turn was derived from the Latin verb "cognoscere," which means "to become acquainted with"" or "to know." The word "connoisseur" first entered English in the early 1700s.
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