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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cognoscenti
pl. of cognoscente (q.v.).
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Example sentences
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.
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