Someone who acts as if he is deeply interested in the arts but who doesn't really take the time to learn about the arts is an example of a dilettante.
- Now Rare a person who loves the fine arts
- a person who follows an art or science only for amusement and in a superficial way; dabbler
Origin of dilettanteItalian ; from present participle of dilettare, to delight ; from Classical Latin delectare, to charm, delight
nounpl. dil·et·tantes also dil·et·tan·ti
- One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
- Archaic A lover of the fine arts.
Origin of dilettanteItalian, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin d&emacron;lectare; see delight.
(plural dilettanti or dilettantes)
(comparative more dilettante, superlative most dilettante)
- Pertaining to or like a dilettante.