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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
1770-1780
1770-80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent
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Examples for cognoscenti
  • It's spectacular, or so subtle only the cognoscenti catch the drift.
  • The cognoscenti favour slashes with narrow openings rather than cuts that have expanded and grown floppy.
  • Sixty years ago, the athletic cognoscenti held that running a four-minute mile was physically impossible.
  • Her work is what many contemporary art cognoscenti would call blissfully out of it.
  • The cognoscenti go to the back of the building facing the parking lots and give their cars to valets.
  • Local cognoscenti may admire her colorful and clever renderings hung above fireplaces in fashionable homes.
  • Art world cognoscenti say it cannot and should not be done.
  • When the train arrives at the border, the cognoscenti race off to shop for the three-and-a-half-hour process.
  • For years, apparently, engineering cognoscenti and amateur scientists have wrestled with clinging shower curtains.
  • The nation's backpacking cognoscenti laced up their hiking boots in anticipation.
British Dictionary definitions for cognoscenti

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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Word Origin and History for cognoscenti
n.

plural of cognoscente (q.v.).

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