Definition of cognoscente in English:

cognoscente

noun

  • A connoisseur; a discerning expert.

    ‘the art historian as professional, expert, cognoscente, and aficionado’
    • ‘I now find myself joining the cognoscente in the discussion of issues related to the digital delivery of art, especially music, movies and books.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/