- persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Origin of cognoscenti
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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
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
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Word Origin and History for cognoscenti
plural of cognoscente (q.v.).
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