One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A connoisseur; a discerning expert.‘the art historian as professional, expert, cognoscente, and aficionado’
connoisseur, expert, authority, specialist, pundit, one of the cognoscenti, devotee, appreciator, fan, fanatic, savantView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century: Italian, singular of cognoscenti.
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