- "An expert or connoisseur; a specialist" (JPS)
- "She's a maven of the history of the synagogue."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Yiddish מבֿין méyvn 'expert', from Heb מבין mevín 'understands' (singular masculine present tense), 'one who understands'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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