from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
- adj. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
The real generalist is sometimes known as a dilettante and needs an independent income.
‘No, the word dilettante did not accord with that face, the expression of that face, those eyes ....’
The word dilettante derives from the Italian dilettare, meaning to delight in.
'No, the word dilettante did not accord with that face, the expression of that face, those eyes ....'
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.
Either he will become a dilettante, which is the French way, or he will take to drink and mystical nihilism, a career very popular in
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.