• A connoisseur; a discerning expert.

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Example Sentences

“Michael earned a reputation as a film cognoscente through the detailed reviews he sent out in an email newsletter.”

“While she could make anything behind the bar, Francine worked best as a wine cognoscente.”

“I took a few college classes, but I would call myself more of an architecture cognoscente than a professional.”

Word Origin

Italian, late 18th century

Why this word?

This word translates directly from Italian into “people who know.” A more familiar synonym to “cognoscente” is “connoisseur,” which comes from the French word “conoistre, meaning “to know.”

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