American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge. See Synonyms at amateur.
- n. A lover of the fine arts; a connoisseur.
- adj. Superficial; amateurish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An admirer or lover of the fine arts, science, or letters; an amateur; one who pursues an art or literature desultorily and for amusement: often used in a disparaging sense for a superficial and affected dabbler in literature or art.
- Relating to dilettantism; having the characteristics of dilettanti.
- To play the dilettante.
- n. An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
- n. A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge.
- adj. Pertaining to or like a dilettante.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge, desultorily, or for amusement only.
- n. an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
- adj. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish.
- From Italian dilettante, prop. present participle of dilettare ("to delight"), from Latin delectare ("to delight"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre; see delight. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“He became a symbol, I believe, to Al Smith of the shallowness of the American people, a shallowness that had hurt him so badly in '28 and had now elected this fop, which dilettante, which is how he perceived FDR.”
“Haddon Channing might have been described as a dilettante radical.”
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“An eclectic essayist is necessarily a dilettante, which is not in itself a bad thing.”
“Tena, my sense is this: That one piece of info was saved as "ammunition" because your voice is powerful - and they're trying to diminish it by making you out to be some kind of dilettante condescending wealthy lady whose words should be ignored.”
“I have become "dilettante" literate in the difference, say, between Hayek and Keynes over the last 2 years or so.”
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