- "An expert or connoisseur; a specialist" (JPS)
- "She's a maven of the history of the synagogue."
Languages of Origin
Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
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 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).
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