Definition of dilettante
dilettantiplay \-ˈtän-tē, -ˈtan-tē\
dilettantishplay \-ˌtän-tish, -ˌtan-, ˌdi-lə-ˈ\ adjective
Examples of dilettante in a Sentence
I recently spent a week in Alaska trying to learn how to be a mountaineer. I did not succeed very well, and the details are not very interesting. I finished the course (I was enrolled in a course) thinking that perhaps I am better off remaining a slightly-above-average mountain dilettante. An occasional rock climber. —Jason Lee Steorts, National Review, 18 Aug. 2008
Being a powerhouse herself in ways that make today's feminist superwomen look like dilettantes, she inevitably clashed with star directors like Maurice Tourneur and Ernst Lubitsch. —Molly Haskell, New York Times Book Review, 6 June 1999
Most of the articles published in Naval History reflect time-consuming research and investigation. The efforts are not the work of dilettantes, but of professional and semiprofessional historians. —Michael M. Bergfeld, Naval History, July/August 1997
You can always tell a true expert from a dilettante.
she writes about art not from the point of view of an artist but from that of a committed dilettante
Recent Examples of dilettante from the Web
The slight comes to an end in 2009, when Lemmy: The Movie lands not like a Lear jet but a B-52 bomber on the eyes and ears of fans, doubters and sonic dilettantes.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dilettante'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of dilettante
Italian, from present participle of dilettare to delight, from Latin dilectare — more at delight
First Known Use: 1748
Synonym Discussion of dilettante
DILETTANTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dilettante for English Language Learners
: a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up dilettante? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).