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n. pl. co·gno·scen·ti (-tē)
A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur.
[Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognōscēns, cognōscent-, present participle of cognōscere, to know; see cognition.]
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|Noun||1.||cognoscente - an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts|
authority - an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an authority on corporate law"
wine lover - a connoisseur of fine wines; a grape nut