AskDefine | Define dilettante

Dictionary Definition

dilettante adj : showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish; "his dilettantish efforts at painting" [syn: dilettantish, dilettanteish, sciolistic] n : an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge [syn: dabbler, sciolist] [also: dilettanti (pl)]

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English

Etymology

From dilettante.

Pronunciation

'di-l&-"tänt, -"tant; "di-l&-'

Noun

  1. A person who enjoys the arts.
  2. An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
  3. A person with a broad but superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge. (Sometimes derogatory.)

Translations

a person who enjoys the arts
  • Hungarian: műkedvelő
an amateur
  • Russian: дилетант
a person with a broad but superficial interest
  • Hungarian: dilettáns
  • Russian: дилетант

Interlingua

Noun

dilettante

Italian

Etymology

From dilettare "to delight"

Adjective

dilettante

Noun

dilettante m|f (plural: dilettanti)

Extensive Definition

Dilettante may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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