Wednesday, May 17, 2000
cognoscente noun [kon-yuh-SHEN-tee; kog-nuh-; -SEN-] A person with special knowledge of a subject; a connoisseur.
Definitions for cognoscente
- A person with special knowledge of a subject; a connoisseur.
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Citations for cognoscente
However, I thought it well to acquaint myself with the latest scientific thinking, so as not to write a tale that would embarrass me among the cognoscenti.
In the early 1600s, however, beliefs that decried curiosity and restricted information about the "secrets" of nature to a handful of cognoscenti were under attack.
Origin of cognoscente
Cognoscente derives from the Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognoscens, cognoscent-, present participle of cognoscere, "to know."