cognoscente


co·gno·scen·te

noun \ˌkän-yə-ˈshen-tē, ˌkäg-nə-, -ˈsen-\
plural co·gno·scen·ti \-tē\

Definition of COGNOSCENTE

:  a person who has expert knowledge in a subject :  connoisseur

Examples of COGNOSCENTE

  1. <a cognoscente of medieval painting>
  2. <cognoscenti in the art world knew that most of the works being auctioned off were second-rate stuff>

Origin of COGNOSCENTE

obsolete Italian (now conoscente), from cognoscente, adjective, wise, from Latin cognoscent-, cognoscens, present participle of cognoscere
First Known Use: 1776

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