cognoscente

Someone who's extremely proficient or knowledgeable about a particular subject can be called a cognoscente. Your deep appreciation for the books of J.R.R. Tolkein makes you a cognoscente of Lord of the Rings.

This word is often used in its plural form, cognoscenti, referring to a whole class of experts or connoisseurs: "The cognoscenti of sports disagree about who was the greatest basketball player in history." Cognoscente comes to English from Italian and goes back to a Latin root, cognoscere, "get to know." Spend a little extra time learning your word lists, and you'll soon be a cognoscente of vocabulary!

Definitions of cognoscente
  1. noun
    an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
    synonyms: connoisseur
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    types:
    aesthete, esthete
    one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
    wine lover
    a connoisseur of fine wines; a grape nut
    type of:
    authority
    an expert whose views are taken as definitive
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