difference between connoisseur and sommelier

Thursday, December 11, 2008


a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste: a connoisseur of modern art.

[Obsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition.]

As opposed to sommelier:

A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.

[French, from Old French, officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver, alteration of *sommerier, from sommier, beast