/kon'yeuh shen"tee, kog'neuh-/,, sing. cognoscente /-tee/.
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Also, conoscenti.
[1770-80; < It, Latinized var. of conoscente (prp. of conoscere to know) < L. See COGNITION, -ENT]

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