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[kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh-] /ˌkɒn yəˈʃɛn ti, ˌkɒg nə-/
plural noun, singular cognoscente
[kon-yuh-tee, kog-nuh-] /ˌkɒn yə ti, ˌkɒg nə-/ (Show IPA)
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Also, conoscenti.
Origin of cognoscenti
1770-80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Upon asking how he had been taught the art of a cognoscente so suddenly, he assured me that nothing was more easy.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • Saint Thomas says, Omnes cognitio fit secundum similitudinem cogniti in cognoscente.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
British Dictionary definitions for cognoscente


/ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ; ˌkɒɡnəʊ-/
plural noun (sing) -te (-tiː)
(sometimes sing) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about
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Word Origin and History for cognoscente

"connoisseur," 1778, from Italian cognoscente, Latinized from conoscente "connoisseur," literally "knowing man," from Latin cognoscentum (nominative cognoscens), present participle of cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).



plural of cognoscente (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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