[dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee]
1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
2. a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.
3. of or relating to dilettantes.
1725-1735; Dilettante comes from the present participle of Italian delittare, “to delight,” from Latin delectare, “to delight,” frequentative of delicere, “to allure,” from de- + lacere, “to entice.”
“His writings, which began as a schoolboy’s jottings for the amusement of classmates, continued into adulthood, although he describes his youthful work as the musings of a dilettante.”
- David Gonzalez, New York Times