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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.]
cognoscenti(ˌkɒnjəʊˈʃɛntɪ; ˌkɒɡnəʊ-) or
pl n, sing -te (-tiː)
1. (Art Terms) (sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (sometimes singular) people with informed appreciation of a particular field, esp in the fine arts; connoisseurs
[C18: from obsolete Italian (modern conoscente), from Latin cognōscere to know, learn about]
co•gno•scen•ti(ˌkɒn yəˈʃɛn ti, ˌkɒg nə-)
n.pl., sing. -te (-teɪ, -ti)
well-informed persons, esp. those who have superior knowledge of a particular field, as in the arts.
An Italian word meaning those who know, used to mean connoisseurs.