Saturday, October 18, 2003
dilettante noun [DIL-uh-tont; dil-uh-TONT; dil-uh-TON-tee; -TANT; -TAN-tee] An amateur or dabbler; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
Definitions for dilettante
- An amateur or dabbler; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
- An admirer or lover of the fine arts.
- Of or characteristic of a dilettante; amateurish.
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Citations for dilettante
As he had put it, it was a matter of principle, not money: Mistler family trusts, over which he exercised discretionary powers, had not been established to support dilettantes or would-be litterateurs waiting for inspiration.
His writings, which began as a schoolboy's jottings for the amusement of classmates, continued into adulthood, although he describes his youthful work as the musings of a dilettante.
Origin of dilettante
Dilettante comes from the present participle of Italian delittare, "to delight," from Latin delectare, "to delight," frequentative of delicere, "to allure," from de- + lacere, "to entice."