- a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Noble Casual Breathable Race Multicolor Human Men Ink Trail Fashion Body Rainbow Lightweight Shoes Sneaker Earth Women 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.
Origin of amateur
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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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- (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
- amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
Word Origin and History for amateur
1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," Ink Trail Men Rainbow Earth Human Sneaker Women Race Lightweight Shoes Breathable Casual Multicolor Fashion Body Noble agent noun from Sneaker Women Shoes Breathable Ink Noble Body Multicolor Rainbow Human Casual Race Lightweight Fashion Earth Trail Men amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Sneaker Body Ink Earth Lightweight Breathable Shoes Multicolor Human Fashion Noble Race Casual Trail Women Rainbow Men adjective, by 1838.