Is there a word for a person who is interested in many things? (Not dilettante)

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  • Could you use Renaissance to describe the person? Dilettante, a slur, says dabbling, whereas Renaissance says accomplished. – Yosef Baskin May 25 '17 at 20:39
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    What kind of things? – Cascabel May 25 '17 at 21:04
  • I voted to close due to lack of research could also have marked as a duplicate of english.stackexchange.com/questions/358065/… or many others – k1eran May 25 '17 at 22:21
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polymath "a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning."

or, from the Wikipedia article, " a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas"

  • Hmmm...expertise does not equate with interest necessarily, does it? – thomj1332 May 25 '17 at 21:09
  • @thomj1332 - Well, it's hard to become expert without interest. – WhatRoughBeast May 25 '17 at 22:23

What comes to mind first is renaissance man:

Renaissance man
(also Renaissance woman)


A person with many talents or areas of knowledge.

But there's also polymath which is pretty much spot on:



A person of wide knowledge or learning.
‘a Renaissance polymath’


I have heard the the term 'Da Vinci' used to describe someone who has a wide range of interests and is astute in his pursuit of these - "John is somewhat of a Da Vinci, he loves science, art and mechanics."


Worldling according to M-W means:

a person engrossed in the concerns of this present world

  • "Worldling" has the negative connotation that the person concerns himself with worldly, mundane things. It does not say that the person has a wide range interests. – Jonas May 26 '17 at 9:33

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