co⋅gno⋅scen⋅ti–plural noun, singular -te
|persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.|
1770–80; < It, Latinized var. of conoscente (prp. of conoscere to know)
After moving to the state capital, Stanley began hanging around with the cognoscenti--he soon became as well-versed as they were in the city's elite cultural offerings.