[ dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee ]
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noun,plural dil·et·tantes, dil·et·tan·ti [dil-i-tahn-tee]. /ˈdɪl ɪˈtɑn ti/.
  1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.

  2. a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.

  1. of or relating to dilettantes.

Origin of dilettante

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

Other words for dilettante

Other words from dilettante

  • dil·et·tan·tish, dil·et·tan·te·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dilettante


/ (ˌdɪlɪˈtɑːntɪ) /

nounplural -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)
  1. a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional

  2. a person who loves the arts

  1. of or characteristic of a dilettante

Origin of dilettante

C18: from Italian, from dilettare to delight, from Latin dēlectāre

Derived forms of dilettante

  • dilettantish or dilettanteish, adjective
  • dilettantism or dilettanteism, noun

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Cultural definitions for 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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