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Wednesday, June 23

Dilettante

[dil-ə-TAHNT]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Italian, mid-18th century

1.

A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

Examples of Dilettante in a sentence

"No one could accuse the artist of being a dilettante."

"Seth had a dilettante-level knowledge of wine compared to the vintner."

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About Dilettante

This word is Italian, meaning “person loving the arts,” It stems from “dilettare,” meaning “to delight,” originating from the Latin “delectare.”

Did you Know?

Dilettante has a slightly negative connotation now, but that wasn’t always the case. It used to simply mean “devoted amateur” before the word developed a more derogatory outlook in the 18th century.

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