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Cognoscente \Cog`nos*cen"te\, n.; pl. Cognoscenti. [OIt. cognoscente, p. pr. of cognoscere, It. conoscere to know.] A connoisseur.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"connoisseur," 1778, from Italian cognoscente, Latinized from conoscente "connoisseur," literally "knowing man," from Latin cognoscentum (nominative cognoscens), present participle of cognoscere "to know" (see cognizance).


n. Someone possessing superior or specialized knowledge in a particular field; a connoisseur.

Usage examples of "cognoscente".

Despite his plush accommodations, he had always dreamed of owning a riverside apartment on L'lle Saint-Louis, where he could rub shoulders with the true cognoscenti, rather than here, where he simply met the filthy rich.

The caption read, Art for Cognoscenti Club are honoured to present as 'Pic.

When everything went to hell and the CPU began spewing out random bits, the result, on a CLI machine, was lines and lines of perfectly formed but random characters on the screen--known to cognoscenti as "going Cyrillic.

This fellow was the second person who turned me on to Macintoshes, by the way, and through the mid-1980's we had shared the thrill of being high-tech cognoscenti, using superior Apple technology in a world of DOS-using knuckleheads.

All the self-styled Harvard cognoscenti assembled in Radcliffe's Agassiz Theater to sit in judgment on Maria Pastore's choreography and Daniel Rossi's score.

The biggest audience ever squeezed into the Albert Hall were bitterly disappointed, but they saw Boris's deathly pallor and his youth and some of the cognoscenti remembered his defection from Russia.

For a husband utterly lacking in character, such a spouse was the moral equivalent of arm candy, meant to dazzle the cognoscenti, not with her beauty, but with her sterling reputation, making it less likely that Sharmer would be the object of suspicion or the subject of close scrutiny.