- a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
- a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.
- of or relating to dilettantes.
Origin of dilettante
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Examples from the Web for dilettanti
He knew that the kings were dilettanti, that the theory of the aristocracies was liberal.Hilaire Belloc
C. Creighton Mandell
The club is still in existence, under the name of the Dilettanti Club.The History of Signboards
Variant spellings of dillettanti and dilettanti have been retained.
Perhaps you could introduce him to the Ingrains and other dilettanti.Life of Lord Byron, With His Letters And Journals, Vol. 5 (of 6)
(Lord Byron) George Gordon Byron
That list was undoubtedly sketched out by a coterie of dilettanti.Books and Persons
- a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional
- a person who loves the arts
- of or characteristic of a dilettante
Word Origin and History for dilettanti
1733, borrowing of Italian dilettante "lover of music or painting," from dilettare "to delight," from Latin delectare (see delight (n.)). Originally without negative connotation, "devoted amateur," the pejorative sense emerged late 18c. by contrast with professional.
Someone who is interested in the fine arts as a spectator, not as a serious practitioner. Dilettante is most often used to mean a dabbler, someone with a broad but shallow attachment to any field.