Used by Iggy Pop in an old CBC interview with Peter Gzowski to mean "a stiff
" or "one who is uptight." Used in the below quoted lyrics to mean nothing in particular.
"can you remember a time when this city was
a great place for architects and dilatants"
-Death From above 1979's "Black History Month"
Why do you have to be such a dilatant? Studying is for twat