Definition of dilettante noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɪləˈtænti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪləˈtænti//
(pl. dilettanti
BrE BrE//ˌdɪləˈtæntiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪləˈtæntiː//
, dilettantes)
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a person who does or studies something but is not serious about it and does not have much knowledge Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Italian, ‘person loving the arts’, from dilettare ‘to delight’, from Latin delectare.

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