- persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Origin of cognoscenti
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for cognoscenti
The backlash from the dance music critics and cognoscenti has been neck-snapping.Daft Punk Goes Back to the Future With ‘Random Access Memories’
May 21, 2013
His works were passed over as beneath the notice of the cognoscenti.Art in England</p>
It was but lately that I dined with a group of the Cognoscenti.Chimney-Pot Papers
Charles S. Brooks
Chopin writes: I have the cognoscenti and the poetic natures on my side.Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2)
In front of it Lance met two cognoscenti of his acquaintance.
And so the selection of an eleven against the Cognoscenti went on in the usual old-fashioned style.Acton's Feud
- (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for cognoscenti
plural of cognoscente (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper