[kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh-]

plural noun, singular co·gno·scen·te [kon-yuh-tee, kog-nuh-] /ˌkɒn yə ti, ˌkɒg nə-/.

persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.

Origin of cognoscenti

1770–80; < Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cognoscente

specialist, connoisseur, expert, critic, judge, insider

Examples from the Web for cognoscente

Contemporary Examples of cognoscente

Historical Examples of cognoscente

  • Saint Thomas says, Omnes cognitio fit secundum similitudinem cogniti in cognoscente.

  • Upon asking how he had been taught the art of a cognoscente so suddenly, he assured me that nothing was more easy.

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

British Dictionary definitions for cognoscente



pl n singular -te (-tiː)

(sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs

Word Origin for cognoscenti

C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about
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Word Origin and History for cognoscente

"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.).

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