dilettante

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian dilettante, prop. present participle of dilettare (to delight), from Latin dēlectāre (to delight).

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Noun[edit]

dilettante (plural dilettanti or dilettantes)

  1. An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
    Synonyms: amateur, dabbler
    Antonym: professional
  2. (sometimes derogatory) A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge.

Usage notes[edit]

This word is derived from Italian, not from French in which the -ante ending would be feminine. It is therefore correct for a person of any gender.

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Adjective[edit]

dilettante (comparative more dilettante, superlative most dilettante)

  1. Pertaining to or like a dilettante.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /di.lɛ.tɑ̃t/, /di.le.tɑ̃t/
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Noun[edit]

dilettante m or f (plural dilettantes)

  1. dilettante

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Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

dilettante (plural dilettantes)

  1. dilettante

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dilettare (to delight).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /di.letˈtan.te/
  • Rhymes: -ante
  • Hyphenation: di‧let‧tàn‧te

Noun[edit]

dilettante m or f by sense (plural dilettanti)

  1. amateur
  2. dilettante

Descendants[edit]

  • English: dilettante
  • German: Dilettant

Adjective[edit]

dilettante (plural dilettanti)

  1. amateur

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