Definition of cognoscenti noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnjəˈʃenti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnjəˈʃenti//
[plural] the cognoscenti (from Italian, formal)
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people with a lot of knowledge about a particular subject Word Originlate 18th cent.: Italian, literally ‘people who know’, from Latin cognoscent- ‘getting to know’, from the verb cognoscere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cognoscenti