cognoscenti

[kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh-]
plural noun, singular cognoscente [kon-yuh-tee, kog-nuh-] .
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Also, conoscenti.


Origin:
1770–80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent

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cognoscenti or conoscenti (ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ, ˌkɒɡnəʊ-)
 
pl n , sing -te
(sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
 
[C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about]
 
conoscenti or conoscenti (ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ, ˌkɒɡnəʊ-, -tiː)
 
pl n
 
[C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about]

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cognoscente
1778, from It. cognoscente, Latinized from conoscente "connoisseur," lit. "knowing man," from L. cognoscentum, prp. of cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).

cognoscenti
pl. of cognoscente (q.v.).
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The community is much safer if the citizens are cognoscente of the risks surrounding them.
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