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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Definitions for cognoscenti

  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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Citations for cognoscenti
There in Jefferson's "President's Palace" were laureates of achievement in the pursuit of peace, literature and science: 49 winners of the Nobel Prize, plus other cognoscenti--those who know. , "A brilliant night to remember at the White House; Cognoscenti Come to Call," Life, May 11, 1962
"You'd better change that frock, Mam," he said. "You don't want to draw the frowns of the cognoscenti." Ken Follett, Fall of Giants, 2010
Origin of cognoscenti
1770-1780
Cognoscenti entered English in the late 1700s from the Italian word of the same spelling. It stems from the Latin word conoscere meaning "to know."