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  • A person who enjoys the arts.
  • An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
  • A person with a broad but superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge. (Sometimes derogatory.)

  • amateur
  • An amateur
  • A dilettante
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

||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.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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