aesthete

noun
aes·​thete | \ ˈes-ˌthēt How to pronounce aesthete (audio) , British usually ˈēs- \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of aesthete

: 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 The interview continues with de Botton—a dedicated aesthete with less pomp than Oscar Wilde and an educator whose credos are a lot more polarizing than Bill Nye the Science Guy—expounding on how to engage the public. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Harry Styles Really Likes Alain de Botton—And He Has the Sweatshirt Prove It," 13 Nov. 2020 Despite the occasional nostalgia, Mr. McGee is too much of an aesthete to wallow in the doldrums for long, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Sam Kean, WSJ, "‘Nose Dive’ Review: Olfactory Bliss," 22 Oct. 2020 In the same way, an aesthete asked in 1900 to single out the most important works in the Louvre would have named the Leonardos, the Delacroixs, the Greek statuary, the Egyptian antiquities, and, perhaps, the French neoclassical paintings. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 Since college, Systrom has been a photo buff and an aesthete, not just a tech wizard. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How would Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom redesign TikTok as CEO?," 22 Sep. 2020 Cox, riding high from his Succession boost, brings glinting malevolence to an aesthete accustomed to the ownership that wealth and influence provide. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Bay of Silence': Film Review," 10 Aug. 2020 Bill Gates, a super-pragmatist, was pitted against Apple’s Steve Jobs, an extreme aesthete. The Economist, "A tale of two social networks Twitter and Facebook have differing business models," 4 June 2020 When the personal computer was still young, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, a super-pragmatist, was pitted against Apple’s Steve Jobs, an extreme aesthete. The Economist, "A tale of two social networks Twitter and Facebook have differing business models," 4 June 2020 Des Esseintes is a dandy and aesthete, sickly from too much inbreeding, the last of his line, with strange and corrupting tastes, a love of apparel, jewellery, scents, rare books and fine bindings. New York Times, "‘The Man in the Red Coat,’ by Julian Barnes: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of aesthete

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aesthete

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

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The first known use of aesthete was in 1866

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“Aesthete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aesthete. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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aesthete

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aesthete

formal + sometimes disapproving : a person who recognizes and values beauty in art, music, etc.

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