- 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 dilettantish
Men who marry rich, by contrast, are often seen as dilettantish—effete even.Mitt Romney: The GOP’s Own John Kerry, or Is He More an Al Gore?
January 14, 2012
His dilettantish manner was gone for good, as was also his foppish beard.Molly Brown of Kentucky
Evelyns suggestions were unpractical and dilettantish, and Pepyss ramblings not over wise.Haunted London
He was exceedingly well fixed in a money way—a sort of dilettantish architect, with offices in the Metropolitan Tower.The Destroying Angel
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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 dilettantish
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.