amateur

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noun am·a·teur \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər\

Definition of amateur

  1. 1 :  one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession She played soccer as an amateur before turning professional. a tournament that is open to both amateurs and professionals

  2. 2 :  one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science The people running that company are a bunch of amateurs. He's a mere amateur when it comes to cooking.

  3. 3 :  devotee, admirer I am a philologist or amateur of the language … — Phillip Howard

amateur

adjective an amateur athlete

amateurish

play \ˌa-mə-ˈtər-ish, -ˈt(y)u̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-, -ˈchər-\ adjective

amateurishly

adverb

amateurishness

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amateurism

play \ˈa-mə-ˌtər-ˌi-zəm, -ˌt(y)u̇r-, -ˌchu̇r-, -ˌchər-; -ˌtə-ˌri-, -ˌchə-ˌri-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of amateur

French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love


First Known Use: 1777

Synonym Discussion of amateur

amateur, dilettante, dabbler, tyro mean a person who follows a pursuit without attaining proficiency or professional status. amateur often applies to one practicing an art without mastery of its essentials a painting obviously done by an amateur; in sports it may also suggest not so much lack of skill but avoidance of direct remuneration remained an amateur despite lucrative offers. dilettante may apply to the lover of an art rather than its skilled practitioner but usually implies elegant trifling in the arts and an absence of serious commitment had no patience for dilettantes. dabbler suggests desultory habits of work and lack of persistence a dabbler who started novels but never finished them. tyro implies inexperience often combined with audacity with resulting crudeness or blundering shows talent but is still a mere tyro.


AMATEUR Defined for Kids

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amateur

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noun am·a·teur \ˈam-ə-ˌtər, -ˌchər\

Definition of amateur for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who takes part in sports or occupations for pleasure and not for pay

  2. 2 :  a person who takes part in something without having experience or skill in it

amateurish

\ˌam-ə-ˈtər-ish, -ˈchər-\ adjective an amateurish actor

History for amateur

The English word amateur came from a French word which in turn came from a Latin word that meant “lover.” In English, amateurs are so called because they do something for the love of doing it and not for pay.


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adjective am·a·teur

Definition of amateur for Students

  1. :  not professional amateur athletes



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