dil·et·tante (dĭlĭ-tänt′, dĭl′ĭ-tänt, -tănt)
n. pl. dil·et·tantes also dil·et·tan·ti (-täntē)
1. One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
2. Archaic A lover of the fine arts.
[Italian, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre; see DELIGHT.]
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