[ es-theet or, esp. British, ees- ]
/ ˈɛs θit or, esp. British, ˈis- /


a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.
Also esthete.

Origin of aesthete

1880–85; < Greek aisthētḗs one who perceives, equivalent to aisthē- (variant stem of aisthánesthai to perceive) + -tēs noun suffix denoting agent
Related formshy·per·aes·thete, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aesthete


US esthete

/ (ˈiːsθiːt) /


a person who has or who affects a highly developed appreciation of beauty, esp in poetry and the visual arts

Word Origin for aesthete

C19: back formation from aesthetics
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Word Origin and History for aesthete



1878, in vogue 1881, from Greek aisthetes "one who perceives," from stem of aisthanesthai "to perceive, to feel" (see aesthetic).

I want to be an aesthete,
And with the aesthetes stand;
A sunflower on my forehead,
And a lily in my hand.

["Puck," Oct. 5, 1881]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper