PRONUNCIATION: (kon-yuh-SHEN-tee, kog-nuh-)
noun: Those with informed appreciation of a particular topic, such as fine arts or literature.

Plural of obsolete Italian cognoscente, from conoscere (to know). Modern Italian form of the word, conoscente, means acquaintance -- you want to use the word intenditore or conoscitore if you mean cognoscente. Earliest documented use: 1777.
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COGNOSCENTIC noun - a intenditore: a singular of cogonoscenti