connoisseur

A connoisseur is a person who, through study and interest, has a fine appreciation for something, like the connoisseur who can identify the clarinet player on a jazz recording by the sound of his inhalations alone.

A connoisseur is an authority in his field, someone who has expert knowledge and training, especially in the arts. A connoisseur may also be someone with an extremely developed sense of taste, like the connoisseur who can identify rare wine by a flavor others can't even detect. Then again, some people call themselves connoisseurs of just about anything they like — pizza, old vinyl albums, even cartoons — because they know so much about it.

Definitions of connoisseur
  1. noun
    an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
    synonyms: cognoscente
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    types:
    aesthete, esthete
    one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
    wine lover
    a connoisseur of fine wines; a grape nut
    type of:
    authority
    an expert whose views are taken as definitive
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