noun, plural dil·et·tantes, dil·et·tan·ti [dil-i-tahn-tee] /ˈdɪl ɪˈtɑn ti/.
Origin of dilettante
Examples from the Web for dilettanti
I was there, says the diary, and much enjoyed the fermentation that prevailed among the dilettanti.Louis Spohr's Autobiography|Louis Spohr
So at least thought two dilettanti officers who must have missed the Theatre Favart in Spain.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Dilettanti, and a notable collector.
He painted the portraits of the members of the Dilettanti Society, and was a great and ignorant collector of Rembrandt etchings.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
But we have no such talents, you and I; we are just the ordinary gentlemen of leisure,—dilettanti.The Game and the Candle|Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for dilettanti
noun plural -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)
Word Origin for dilettante
Word Origin and History for dilettanti
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.
Culture definitions for dilettanti
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.