Dilettante meaning

dĭlĭ-tänt, dĭlĭ-tänt, -tănt
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.

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One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
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A person who follows an art or science only for amusement and in a superficial way; dabbler.
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Superficial; amateurish.
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An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
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(archaic) A lover of the fine arts.
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(now rare) A person who loves the fine arts.
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Of or characteristic of a dilettante.
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(sometimes offensive) A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge.
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Pertaining to or like a dilettante.
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Origin of dilettante

  • Italian lover of the arts from present participle of dilettare to delight from Latin dēlectāre delight

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian dilettante, prop. present participle of dilettare (“to delight”), from Latin delectare (“to delight”).

    From Wiktionary