Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
  • n. One whose pursuit and admiration of beauty is regarded as excessive or affected.

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  • n. Someone who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes much or overmuch of æsthetics.

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  • n. one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from aesthetic.

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From Ancient Greek αἰσθητής ("one who perceives").

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  • one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature

    A true aesthete, Marty would spend hours at the Guggenheim Museum, staring at the same Picasso.

    October 12, 2016