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plural noun

  • People who are considered to be especially well informed about a particular subject.

    ‘it was hailed by the cognoscenti as one of the best golf courses in Europe’
    • ‘The fashion cognoscenti and music lovers were out in force last night for two great parties.’
    • ‘His fledgling fashion cognoscenti have accessorised the theme with, among other things, suspenders and pink, fluffy rabbit ears.’
    • ‘It's only a matter of time before the fashion cognoscenti are once more clamouring for this particular brand of undeniable elegance.’
    • ‘This winning combination, plus a willingness to play fast and loose with her image, has made her the darling of the fashion cognoscenti.’
    • ‘It exposes the strategic and cultural gulf this country has created inside the national security cognoscenti.’
    • ‘It is the fashion among the cognoscenti to belittle the glorious history and traditions of this island and its people.’
    • ‘Many of the cognoscenti of the arts community were gathered, eager to discover what exactly the minister had in store.’
    • ‘Instinctively talented, he rose from the depth of poverty in the mid-1990s to dazzle the fashion cognoscenti.’
    • ‘What hope is there for the general, curious reader when the cognoscenti are inhabitants of this Babel?’
    • ‘This trend towards a total cost of ownership storage sale is recognized by storage cognoscenti nationwide.’
    • ‘With the exception of a few bookshop cognoscenti with whom he talked, his intelligence seemed strictly a private matter, existing for its own sake.’
    • ‘The chief purpose of language is to communicate effectively, not to provide entertainment to the cognoscenti.’
    • ‘He has been appointed to draw up a shortlist of suitable candidates for what is regarded among the cognoscenti as the ultimate job in Scottish arts.’
    • ‘From being a cult author, revered by the crime cognoscenti, he was suddenly in the bestseller lists.’
    • ‘They are the ones known intimately by cartoon cognoscenti, often memorized line-for-line and take-for-take, recited in unison by gleeful aficionados.’
    • ‘The punk rock cognoscenti, of which Lydon was a key member, insisted that the movement peaked in 1976, and the following year merely marketed the sell-out.’
    • ‘There are also diaries graced with pseudonymous titles which do nothing to conceal their authors' identities, at least from the rest of Fleet Street's cognoscenti.’
    • ‘That's why, among the cognoscenti of the sport, there has never been a swimming meet more keenly anticipated than the 2004 Athens Olympics.’
    • ‘These things are recognised by the cognoscenti but not by anybody else.’
    • ‘He made the surprising admission, once known only to the cognoscenti, that he was a lawyer.’
    intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, learned people, literati, culturati, men and women of letters, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, bluestockings, thinkers, brains



/käɡnəˈSHen(t)ē/ /kɑɡnəˈʃɛn(t)i/ /ˌkänyəˈSHen(t)ē/ /ˌkɑnjəˈʃɛn(t)i/


Late 18th century Italian, literally ‘people who know’, from Latin cognoscent- ‘getting to know’, from the verb cognoscere.