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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Italian
Origin: , present participle of dilettare 'to give pleasure to', from Latin delectare; DELIGHT2

dilettante

noun
     
dil‧et‧tan‧te [countable]
someone who is not serious about what they are doing or does not study a subject thoroughly
dilettante adjective [only before noun]

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