A sign by which to be recognised, i.e. the heraldic badge or emblem or *crest worn by the retainers of a particular lord, or noble house; part of the *livery. Before *heraldry became an art and science, knights would put signs or simple cognisances on their shields as an easy means of identification in battle or *melee.

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  • cognisance — alternative spelling of COGNIZANCE (Cf. cognizance) (q.v.); also see IZE (Cf. ize) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cognisance — (Brit.) n. acquaintance, recognition, mindfulness, awareness (also cognizance) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cognisance — /ˈkɒgnəzəns / (say kognuhzuhns), /ˈkɒnə / (say konuh ) noun 1. knowledge; notice; perception: to have cognisance of a fact; to take cognisance of a remark. 2. Law a. judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause. b. the right of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cognisance — cog|ni|sance [ kagnızəns, kag naızəns ] a British spelling of cognizance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cognisance — [[t]kɒ̱gnɪz(ə)ns[/t]] see cognizance …   English dictionary

  • Cognisance — heraldric badge of a noble family …   Medieval glossary

  • cognisance — cog·ni·sance …   English syllables

  • cognisance — UK [ˈkɒɡnɪz(ə)ns] / US [ˈkɑɡnɪzəns] / US [kɑɡˈnaɪzəns] cognizance …   English dictionary

  • cognisance — Same as cognizance …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • cognisance — noun having knowledge of he had no awareness of his mistakes his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive • Syn: ↑awareness, ↑consciousness, ↑cognizance, ↑knowingness …   Useful english dictionary

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