cognoscenti

[ 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.

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Origin of cognoscenti

1770–80; <Italian, Latinized variant of conoscente (present participle of conoscere to know) < L. See cognition, -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for cognoscenti

cognoscenti

conoscenti

/ (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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