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3 definitions found
 for dilettante
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dilettante \Dil`et*tan"te\, n.; pl. Dilettanti. [It., prop. p.
     pr. of dillettare to take delight in, fr. L. delectare to
     delight. See Delight, v. t.]
     An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur;
     especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge,
     desultorily, or for amusement only.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The true poet is not an eccentric creature, not a mere
           artist living only for art, not a dreamer or a
           dilettante, sipping the nectar of existence, while he
           keeps aloof from its deeper interests.   --J. C.
                                                    Shairp.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dilettante
      adj 1: showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish;
             "his dilettantish efforts at painting" [syn:
             dilettante, dilettantish, dilettanteish,
             sciolistic]
      n 1: an amateur who engages in an activity without serious
           intentions and who pretends to have knowledge [syn:
           dabbler, dilettante, sciolist]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "dilettante":
     Sunday painter, abecedarian, admirer, aesthete, aficionado,
     amateur, arbiter, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste,
     authority, bon vivant, booster, buff, cognoscente, collector,
     connaisseur, connoisseur, coquet, critic, criticaster, dabbler,
     dabbling, dabster, dallier, devotee, dilettantish, dunce, epicure,
     epicurean, expert, fan, fancier, flirt, follower, fool, freak,
     fribble, good judge, gourmand, gourmet, grammaticaster, greenhorn,
     greeny, groupie, half scholar, idolater, idolizer, ignoramus,
     illiterate, illiterati, jackleg, judge, know-nothing, lowbrow,
     maven, middlebrow, no scholar, nonprofessional, nut, philologaster,
     philosophaster, piddler, potterer, puddinghead, pundit, putterer,
     refined palate, rooter, savant, scholar, sciolist, smatterer,
     specialist, technical expert, technician, tenderfoot, trifler,
     tyro, unaccomplished, unfinished, ungifted, unintelligentsia,
     unskilled, virtuoso, votary, worshiper
  
  

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