American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A connoisseur: most used in the plural.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A connoisseur.
- n. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
- Obsolete Italian cognoscente (now conoscente) from Latin cognoscere "to know" (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognōscēns, cognōscent-, present participle of cognōscere, to know; see cognition. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But considered a must-read among the cognoscente, The Hotline propelled Craig to a higher profile in Washington that enabled him to take his first real steps toward the success he enjoys today.”
“And in dealing with Native American tribes, the US needs to be cognoscente that this is the same as making a treaty with Russia over bombs.”
“PESCA: Yeah, baseball cognoscente knows that the Tampa Bay Rays are a really interesting and really good team.”
“But apparently the cognoscente doesnt include people from the St. Petersburg and Tampa region, because this team has just had an enormous amount of difficulty drawing fans to their game.”
“The road ahead will not be an easy one for the millennial generation, but I am secure in the fact that the series of blunders that we have been witness to over the past decade will serve to make us, the next generation of leaders, more cognoscente of the world in which we live.”
“What I do recommend, because I am being cognoscente of your wallet, is that perhaps you pick her up something really fabulous such as a cool necklace from David Yurman or maybe a chic new Gucci bag, because I don't know a girl in the world who wouldn't want either.”
“It seems like fewer and fewer movies and performers are invited into the inner circle each year, probably because so many are written off as non-contenders by the cognoscente before they even in theaters.”
“The son of physicist Freeman Dyson and brother of computer cognoscente Esther Dyson, Dyson is better known as an expert in building and studying baidarkas, kayaks built by the Aleut Indians in the 18th century.”
“For the non-cognoscente who don't have the foggiest idea of what we're referring to: Josh Schwartz, the creator of Gossip Girl, The O.C. and Chuck, has been chosen by 20th Century Fox to write the script for X-Men: First Class.”
“All participants are cognoscente of this fundamental market analytic of "reversion to the mean.”
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