Definition of aesthete in English:


(US esthete)


  • A person who is appreciative of and sensitive to art and beauty.

    • ‘SHE HAS always flattered - the eyes of the aesthetes - not to deceive, but to delight.’
    • ‘The most important point to make is that the aesthete and intellectual showed not the least reservation with flagrant melodrama.’
    • ‘If opera is an elitist, outmoded art form for high-brow aesthetes, then no one's told these kids.’
    • ‘The film had so much potential to please the aesthetes, to assuage the jangled nerves.’
    • ‘For all the millions that the Londoners have splashed out, aesthetes find them a comparatively ugly side to watch.’
    • ‘Councillors they may be, aesthetes they are not!’
    • ‘Her attitude is now certainly sadder, her descriptions more concrete, her approach less that of the aesthete.’
    • ‘The contempt of a fastidious aesthete would not defeat them: far sterner measures were necessary.’
    • ‘They are advanced aesthetes, located in community-based cultures.’
    • ‘Travelling aesthetes are too engaged with life to be bored.’
    • ‘The aesthetes marvelled at his sureness of foot and quickness of hand.’
    • ‘In the 1920s and 30s it developed into a glamorous resort populated by rich aesthetes, dissident intellectuals and artists.’
    • ‘He remains an aesthete, but his appreciation of culture is now spiritually empty.’
    • ‘He was a cultured aesthete who loved music, architecture, and philosophy, even corresponding at length with Voltaire.’
    • ‘And this is the condition of the decadent, of the aesthete, of the free-lover.’
    • ‘The aesthetes of New Eltham were not his only problem.’
    • ‘His pose was that of the dandy and the aesthete, emphatically not that of the angry young man.’
    • ‘And Derrida, like all Deconstructionists - and, in particular, French aesthetes, are expert at making rhetoric dance.’
    • ‘Nor are we holier-than-thou aesthetes who can't manage more than a half lager without being sick in the taxi.’
    • ‘Charles's father, however, preferred business and sports and regretted that his son had turned out an aesthete and a poet.’
    dandy, fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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Late 19th century: from Greek aisthētēs ‘a person who perceives’, or from aesthetic, on the pattern of the pair athlete, athletic.