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cognoscenti

[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)
1.
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
1770-1780
1770-80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent
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cognoscenti

/ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ; ˌkɒɡnəʊ-/
plural noun (sing) -te (-tiː)
1.
(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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n.

plural of cognoscente (q.v.).

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