Definition of cognoscente in English:

cognoscente

noun

  • A connoisseur; a discerning expert.

    ‘the art historian as professional, expert, cognoscente, and aficionado’
    • ‘In the rarified air of the college rock cognoscente, this band falls behind perhaps only a few of the best indie bands in swooning acclaim.’
    • ‘I now find myself joining the cognoscente in the discussion of issues related to the digital delivery of art, especially music, movies and books.’
    connoisseur, expert, authority, specialist, pundit, one of the cognoscenti, devotee, appreciator, fan, fanatic, savant
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Origin

Late 18th century: Italian, singular of cognoscenti.

Pronunciation

cognoscente

/ˌkɒnjəˈʃɛnti//ˌkɒɡnəˈʃɛnti/