noun, plural dil·et·tantes, dil·et·tan·ti [dil-i-tahn-tee] /ˈdɪl ɪˈtɑn ti/.
Origin of dilettante
Related formsdil·et·tan·tish, dil·et·tan·te·ish, adjective
Examples from the Web for dilettante
The fired host unloads on Current TV, accusing Al Gore of being a dilettante and co-owner Joel Hyatt of blackmail.Keith Olbermann Files a No-Holds-Barred Lawsuit Over Firing by Current TV|Howard Kurtz|April 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He fully admits his chronicle of Galliano's shows from 2004 to 2010 was “the work of a dilettante.”
I finally feel like I can call myself a writer now, rather than writing being just something I do on the side, as a dilettante.
To return to literature, it is indubitable that Anatole France is slightly acquiring the reputation of a dilettante.Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
Well, Herr Hofrat Wilt would no longer have occasion to regard him as a dilettante.The Road to the Open|Arthur Schnitzler
John II was a dilettante who left the government of the kingdom to his favorite, lvaro de Luna.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
Speaking of idlers, there is your man to the dotting of the 'i'; a dilettante raised to the nth power.A Fool For Love|Francis Lynde
I try sometimes to get up an interest in some dilettante business or other, but I just can't!A Young Man's Year|Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for dilettante
noun plural -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)
Derived Formsdilettantish or dilettanteish, adjectivedilettantism or dilettanteism, noun
Word Origin for dilettante
Culture definitions for dilettante
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.