[ dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee ]
/ 藞d瑟l 瑟藢t蓱nt, 藢d瑟l 瑟藞t蓱nt, -藞t蓱n te瑟, -藞t忙n ti /
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Definition of dilettante

noun, plural dil路et路tantes, dil路et路tan路ti [dil-i-tahn-tee]. /藞d瑟l 瑟藞t蓱n 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.
of or relating to dilettantes.
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Origin of dilettante

1725鈥35; <Italian, noun use of present participle of dilettare<Latin d膿lect膩re to delight


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British Dictionary definitions for dilettante

/ (藢d瑟l瑟藞t蓱藧nt瑟) /

noun plural -tantes or -tanti (-藞t蓱藧nt瑟)
a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional
a person who loves the arts
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 d膿lect膩re
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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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