January 11th, 2009

January 11th- Cognoscenti

co⋅gno⋅scen⋅ti
[kon-yuh-shen-tee]

–plural noun, singular -te

Definition:
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.

Origin:
1770–80; < It, Latinized var. of conoscente (prp. of conoscere to know)

Example:
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.