from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone possessing superior or specialized knowledge in a particular field; a connoisseur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A connoisseur.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A connoisseur: most used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts


Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognōscēns, cognōscent-, present participle of cognōscere, to know; see cognition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Obsolete Italian cognoscente (now conoscente) from Latin cognoscere "to know" (Wiktionary)



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  • In modern Italian, this word is not in use, and conoscente (same etymology) means "acquaintance" (someone who knows... who you are).

    June 28, 2008