From Anglo-Norman conysance (“recognition," later, "knowledge”), from Old French conoissance (“acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom”), from conoistre (“to know”), from Latin cognōscō (“know”), from con (“with”) + gnōscō (“know”).
- cognizaunce (obsolete)
cognizance (plural cognizances)
- An emblem, badge or device, used as a distinguishing mark by the body of retainers of a royal or noble house.
- Notice or awareness.