[ 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.

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



/ (ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ, ˌkɒɡnəʊ-) /

pl nsingular -te (-tiː)
  1. (sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs

Origin of cognoscenti

C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about

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