dilettante

[ dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee ]
/ ˈdɪl ɪˌtɑnt, ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑnt, -ˈtɑn teɪ, -ˈtæn ti /

noun, plural dil·et·tantes, dil·et·tan·ti [dil-i-tahn-tee] /ˈdɪl ɪˈtɑn ti/.

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.

adjective

of or relating to dilettantes.

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Origin of dilettante

1725–35; < Italian, noun use of present participle of dilettare < Latin dēlectāre to delight

OTHER WORDS FROM dilettante

dil·et·tan·tish, dil·et·tan·te·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dilettante

dilettante
/ (ˌdɪlɪˈtɑːntɪ) /

noun plural -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)

a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional
a person who loves the arts

adjective

of or characteristic of a dilettante

Derived forms of dilettante

dilettantish or dilettanteish, adjectivedilettantism or dilettanteism, noun

Word Origin for dilettante

C18: from Italian, from dilettare to delight, from Latin dēlectāre
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Cultural definitions for dilettante

dilettante
[ (dil-uh-tahnt, dil-uh-tahnt) ]

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.

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