- a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Sand Johnston Slip 10 On US 5 M Perfed amp; Murphy Men's Size Quinton 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
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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," 5 Perfed M Size Murphy Shoes On US Johnston Sand Men's Quinton 10 amp; Slip agent noun from M On Perfed 5 amp; Murphy Shoes Size Sand Johnston Slip 10 US Men's Quinton amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an US Slip Johnston 5 Murphy Sand Shoes On Men's Quinton Perfed Size 10 amp; M adjective, by 1838.