aes·​thete ˈes-ˌthēt How to pronounce aesthete (audio)
 British usually  ˈēs-
variants or less commonly esthete
: one having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art

Examples of aesthete in a Sentence

He regards art critics as a bunch of pretentious aesthetes.
Recent Examples on the Web An aesthete with impassioned opinions about wine pairings, Rostov was born to live the life of leisure handed down to him by his landowning ancestors. Alison Herman, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 But his vibe is less severe aesthete than restless inventor. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 The first step before evolving either shell eyes or eyespots, the researchers observed, was an increase in the density of aesthetes on the shell. Quanta Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 But Chayka’s valid analysis of how algorithmic curation dulls our creative agency overlaps messily with the centuries-old anxiety of the aesthete within modernity, where all subjective opinions are ultimately equal, never more-so than in the marketplace. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 All chitons have aesthetes, a wildly synesthetic all-in-one receptor that enables them to sense light as well as chemical and mechanical cues in the environment. Quanta Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Horst was a bon vivant, Huene a puritanical aesthete. Christian House, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Once the preferred yacht of stars like Elvis, Katherine Hepburn, and Frank Sinatra, the nearly $1 million renovation reminds me a little of the hotel: both were reimagined by true aesthetes who went even further beyond each project’s original grandeur. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 Some are aesthetes, devotees of beauty and fashion. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2023

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Word History


probably derivative of aesthetic entry 1 or aesthetics, on the model of athletics : athlete and similar pairs

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aesthete was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Aesthete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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