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1 being such only for recreation
  • an amateur cabinetmaker, he derives immense satisfaction from finely crafting his own furniture

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1 a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession
  • an amateur photographer who has won a number of photo contests

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2 a person who lacks experience and competence in an art or science
  • a homemade doghouse that looked like it was built by an amateur who hadn't mastered basic carpentry

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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

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The first known use of amateur was in 1777

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“Amateur.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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