- 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.
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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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