noun, plural dil·et·tantes, dil·et·tan·ti [dil-i-tahn-tee] /ˈdɪl ɪˈtɑn ti/.
Origin of dilettante
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
noun plural -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)
Word Origin for dilettante
1733, borrowing of Italian dilettante "lover of music or painting," from dilettare "to delight," from Latin delectare (see delight (n.)). Originally without negative connotation, "devoted amateur," the pejorative sense emerged late 18c. by contrast with professional.
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.