Definition of maven in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmāvən/ /ˈmeɪvən/

Translate maven into Spanish


informal North American often with modifier
  • An expert or connoisseur.

    • ‘fashion mavens’
    • ‘I swear to you, if my father starts wearing his beige and brown leisure suit again, I will make the fashion mavens responsible for this pay.’
    • ‘Academics and poverty mavens know this to be the case, though they try to soften the harshness of its implications.’
    • ‘I'm glad that he pointed out that being a great type designer does not make one a typewriter history maven.’
    • ‘But that's what rock 'n' roll is all about, say the fashion mavens.’
    • ‘Usage mavens generally advise that such phrases ought to connect to the subject of the following clause, rather than to a noun phrase in some other position.’
    • ‘Blues fans, music historians, and guitar mavens will flock to secure this rare disc.’
    • ‘News mavens should be advised that this is a story that points up the difference between the main-line media and blogs.’
    • ‘I'm not enough of a poll maven to give a precise enumeration or history, but that's really uncommon.’
    • ‘He became the impeachment maven even though he had no clear expertise related to the questions at hand.’
    • ‘But, typically, more than a few self-appointed culture mavens and media snobs were snickering under their breath.’
    • ‘In the buzzing, blooming confusion of human choices and actions, such knowledge can be harder to pin down than many social research mavens care to admit.’
    • ‘Some privacy mavens see them as a step toward a world where everything we own becomes a potential bug that can track us everywhere and all the time.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm mistaken, since I'm not an appellate procedure maven (and maybe I'd be mistaken even if I was).’
    • ‘I'm not a federalism maven; though I've followed the Court's jurisprudence here, I can't claim deep expertise.’
    • ‘Our neighbor Elizabeth fancied herself a paint maven, proclaiming that light colors dried darker and dark colors dried lighter.’
    • ‘So she did, and now she's a book publishing maven as well.’
    • ‘Many specialists, former regulators, and industry mavens say they believe the new regime is moving in the right direction.’
    • ‘These pure language mavens always come up with the notion people who use language that shocks their shell-pink ears are simply lacking in vocabulary.’
    • ‘Many marketers and brand mavens see them as identical.’
    • ‘Opera mavens head to Milan for Verdi, Bayreuth for Wagner.’
    intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage


Early 20th century Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mēḇīn ‘person with understanding, teacher’.