- a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Shoe Oxford Wide Men Width Available Classic Purple bravo Dress Leather Lining King reasons.Compare professional.
- an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.
- a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity: Hunting lions is not for amateurs.
- a person who admires something; devotee; fan: an amateur of the cinema.
- characteristic of or engaged in by an amateur; nonprofessional: an amateur painter; amateur tennis.
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- a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a pastime rather than professionally or for gain
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Word Origin and History for amateur
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