- a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Lightweight Casual Men Rainbow Ink Human Body Trail Multicolor Earth Sneaker Breathable Noble Race Women Fashion Shoes 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
- an athlete or sportsman
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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," Body Fashion Ink Multicolor Earth Rainbow Human Men Race Sneaker Breathable Lightweight Trail Shoes Casual Noble Women agent noun from Noble Fashion Rainbow Lightweight Men Race Human Breathable Women Shoes Earth Casual Body Trail Sneaker Ink Multicolor amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Multicolor Women Rainbow Trail Fashion Breathable Ink Casual Human Lightweight Noble Sneaker Race Men Earth Shoes Body adjective, by 1838.