from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone possessing superior or specialized knowledge in a particular field; a connoisseur.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A connoisseur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A connoisseur: most used in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognōscēns, cognōscent-, present participle of cognōscere, to know; see cognition.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Obsolete Italian cognoscente (now conoscente) from Latin cognoscere "to know" (Wiktionary)