[ 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 forms

hy·per·aes·thete, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aesthete

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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