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English definition of “dilettante”

dilettante

noun [C]     /ˌdɪl.əˈtæn.ti/ (plural dilettanti or dilettantes) usually disapproving
a person who is or seems to be interested in a subject, but whose understanding of it is not very deep or serious: He's a bit of a dilettante as far as wine is concerned.Inexperienced people and lack of experience
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