aes·​thete | \ ˈes-ˌthēt How to pronounce aesthete (audio) , British usually ˈēs- \
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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 Though often pictured as a detached, professorial aesthete, cloistered away in a Swiss hotel, Nabokov was, in fact, deeply confrontational. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Vladimir Nabokov’s Fighting Spirit," 10 Dec. 2019 But the last few years have seen designers thinking outside the box, reinterpreting unsightly products for aesthetes with an eye for good form. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Here's One More Reason to Toss Your Old Fire Extinguisher," 11 Nov. 2019 From cities that took in neighbors fleeing firestorms and towns that enthrall aesthetes worldwide to local celebrations of the weird, the offbeat and the unique, the next big thing is still in the Golden State. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Empty shelves but open stores: What’s going on at Fry’s?," 3 Jan. 2020 In recent years, a handful of design hotels have popped up in the region, making Alentejo all the more alluring for aesthetes seeking a balance of nature and design. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Exploring Alentejo, Portugal's Best-Kept Secret," 23 Dec. 2019 In addition to novelists and filmmakers, the book and movie of The Leopard have served as touchstones for a broad array of aesthetes. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Oldest Money: Inside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Sicilian Palazzo," 10 Dec. 2019 Early modernists created their works to be displayed in the intimate drawing rooms of aesthetes such as Gertrude Stein, the expatriate American author living in early 20th-century Paris. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Don’t let crowds deter you from visiting the expanded Museum of Modern Art in New York," 24 Nov. 2019 The gear, however, was hardly a random collection, but the precisely curated result of musician Walter Becker’s decades-long pursuit of instruments and gadgets as co-founder of 1970s jazz-rock aesthetes Steely Dan. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Steely Dan’s Walter Becker was a gearhead’s gearhead. Now his entire collection is up for auction," 17 Oct. 2019 The intentionally imperfect food photography would horrify tweezer-food loving aesthetes, but that’s partly the point, says Choi. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "“Le Corbuffet”: A new recipe book affectionately skewers culture snobs," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Aesthete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aesthete

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

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