Wordnik word of the day: maven

In memory of the man who helped popularize the word in English, today’s word of the day is maven, “a person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.” It’s from the Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mēbîn, which is the active participle of hēbîn ‘to understand.’ Thanks to the maven himself, William Safire, who passed away over the weekend.