4. The distinguishing mark worn by an armed knight, usually upon the helmet, and by his retainers and
followers: Hence, in general, a badge worn by a retainer or dependent, to indicate the person or party to
which he belonged; a token by which a thing may be known.
Wearing the liveries and cognizance of their master.
This pale and angry rose,
As cognizance of my blood-drinking hate.
(Cog"ni*zant) a. [See Cognizance, and cf. Connusant.] Having cognizance or knowledge.
(Cog"nize) v. t. [Cf. Cognizant, Recognize.] To know or perceive; to recognize.
The reasoning faculty can deal with no facts until they are cognized by it.
(Cog`ni*zee") n. (Law) One to whom a fine of land was acknowledged. Blackstone.
(Cog`ni*zor) n. [See Cognizance.] (Law) One who acknowledged the right of the plaintiff or
cognizee in a fine; the defendant. Blackstone.
(Cog*no"men) n. [L.: co- + (g)nomen name.]
1. The last of the three names of a person among the ancient Romans, denoting his house or family.
2. (Eng. Law) A surname.
(Cog*nom"i*nal) a. Of or pertaining to a cognomen; of the nature of a surname.
(Cog*nom"i*nal), n. One bearing the same name; a namesake. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Cog*nom`i*na"tion) n. [L. cognominatio.] A cognomen or surname. [R.] Jer. Taylor.
(Cog*nos"cence) n. [LL. cognoscentia. See Cognizance.] Cognizance. [R.] Dr. H.
(||Cog`nos*cen"te) n.; pl. Cognoscenti [OIt. cognoscente, p. pr. of cognoscere, It.
conoscere to know.] A connoisseur. Mason.
(Cog*nos`ci*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being cognoscible. Cudworth.
1. Capable of being known. "Matters intelligible and cognoscible." Sir M. Hale.
2. Liable to judicial investigation. Jer. Taylor.
(Cog*nos"ci*tive) a. Having the power of knowing. [Obs.] "An innate cognoscitive power."
(||Cog*no"vit) n. [L., he has acknowledged.] (Law) An instrument in writing whereby a defendant
in an action acknowledges a plaintiff's demand to be just. Mozley & W.
(Co*guard"i*an) n. A joint guardian.
(Cogue) n. [Cf. Cog a small boat.] A small wooden vessel; a pail. [Scot.] Jamieson.