n. "An expert or connoisseur; a specialist." (JPS)
"She's a maven of the history of the synagogue."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Yiddish מבֿין meyvn 'expert', from Hebrew מבין mevin 'understands' (singular masculine present tense), 'one who understands'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
Can be used to describe someone who claims to be an expert, even though they are not, such as "they think they're a maven in medicine because they live next door to a doctor."
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