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- (UK) IPA(key): /kɒnjəˈʃɛnteɪ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑɡ.nəˈʃɛn.ti/, /ˌkɑn.jəˈʃɛn.ti/
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cognoscente (plural cognoscenti)
- (somewhat derogatory) Someone possessing superior or specialized knowledge in a particular field; a connoisseur.
- 1998, Marc J. Seifer, chapter 42, in Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius, →ISBN, page 397:
- At night, as creative author, the cognoscente sketched out the first draft of his expanded autobiography.
- 2011, Patrick Spedding; James Lambert, “Fanny Hill, Lord Fanny, and the Myth of Metonymy”, in Studies in Philology, volume 108, number 1, page 117:
- In the latter case — if only a handful of people knew the term — it would have been pretty pointless for Cleland to name his protagonist Fanny when practically nobody was likely to get the joke, not even cognoscenti such as Grose.
- 2020 December 30, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Cut HS2 eastern leg, says NIC?”, in Rail, page 3:
- And by the way, yes I AM inventing the HS2E acronym, because few outside the HS2 cognoscenti understand all that 'Phase' stuff!
someone possessing specialized knowledge in a particular field
cognoscente (plural cognoscentes)