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[kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh-]
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plural noun, singular co·gno·scen·te [kon-yuh-tee, kog-nuh-] /ˌkɒn yə ti, ˌkɒg nə-/.
  1. 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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pl n singular -te (-tiː)
  1. (sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
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Word Origin

C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about
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plural of cognoscente (q.v.).

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