- persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Origin of cognoscenti
Examples from the Web for cognoscente
Contemporary Examples of cognoscente
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Historical Examples of cognoscente
- (sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
Word Origin for cognoscenti
"connoisseur," 1778, from Italian cognoscente, Latinized from conoscente "connoisseur," literally "knowing man," from Latin cognoscentum (nominative cognoscens), present participle of cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).
plural of cognoscente (q.v.).