[ kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh- ]
/ ˌkɒn yəˈʃɛn ti, ˌkɒg nə- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. cognizant,
  2. cognize,
  3. cognomen,
  4. cognoscence,
  5. cognoscente,
  6. cognoscible,
  7. cognoscitive,
  8. cognovit,
  9. cogon,
  10. cogswell chair

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cognoscenti



/ (ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ, ˌkɒɡnəʊ-) /

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 cognoscenti



plural of cognoscente (q.v.).

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