Definition of cognoscente
: a person who has expert knowledge in a subject : connoisseur <a computer cognoscente> <a cognoscente of the art world>
Examples of cognoscente in a sentence
<a cognoscente of medieval painting>
<cognoscenti in the art world knew that most of the works being auctioned off were second-rate stuff>
Did You Know?
Cognoscente and "connoisseur" are more than synonyms; they're also linguistic cousins. Both terms descend from the Latin verb cognoscere, meaning "to know," and they're not alone. You might guess that "cognizance" and "cognition" are members of the "cognoscere" clan. Do you also recognize a family resemblance in "recognize"? Can you see through the disguise of "incognito"? Did you have a premonition that we would mention "precognition"? "Cognoscente" itself came to English by way of Italian and has been a part of our language since the late 1700s.
Origin and Etymology of cognoscente
obsolete Italian (now conoscente), from cognoscente, adjective, wise, from Latin cognoscent-, cognoscens, present participle of cognoscere —see cognition
First Known Use: 1776
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cognoscente? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).