- The definition of a dilettante is a dabbler or a person who cultivates an interest without really committing or learning anything in depth.
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.
dilettante definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Italian ; from present participle of dilettare, to delight ; from Classical Latin delectare, to charm, delight
dilettante definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. dil·et·tantes also dil·et·tan·ti
- A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge. See Synonyms at amateur.
- A lover of the fine arts; a connoisseur.
Origin: Italian, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre; see delight.
- dilˈet·tanˌtish adjective
- dilˈet·tanˌtism noun
dilettante - Cultural Definition
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.