Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

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Guilds had their ceremonial dresses, and their “liveries,” and their cognizances, and considered it an honour to wear them.

The old wooden ceilings were replaced with stone vaultings, enriched with elegant carvings and cognizances.

In later times they were allowed to correct false crests, arms, and cognizances, and register noble descents in their archives.

Ladies delighted to appear in the cognizances of their lords, or in their own paternal bearings.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Anglo-French conysance "recognition," later, "knowledge," from Old French conoissance "acquaintance, recognition; knowledge, wisdom" (Modern French connaissance), from past participle of conoistre "to know," from Latin cognoscere "to get to know, recognize," from com- "together" (see co-) + gnoscere "to know" (see notice (n.)). The -g- was restored in English spelling 15c. and has gradually affected the pronunciation, which was always "con-." The old pronunciation lingered longest in legal use.