An amateur is an individual who is new to, or not yet skilled in, a particular skill or sport.noun
An example of an amateur is someone who enjoys and studies astronomy as a hobby but not as a professional.
The definition of an amateur is someone who plays a sport but does not receive compensation for it.noun
An example of an amateur are many of the athletes in the Olympics.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a person who engages in some art, science, sport, etc. for the pleasure of it rather than for money; a nonprofessional; specif., an athlete who is variously forbidden by rule to profit from athletic activity
- a person who does something without professional skill
- a person who is somewhat unskillful
Origin: Fr < L amator, lover < pp. of amare, to love
- of or done by an amateur or amateurs
- being an amateur or made up of amateurs
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- A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
- Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
- One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.
- Of or performed by an amateur.
- Made up of amateurs: an amateur cast.
- Not professional; unskillful.
Origin: French, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.
- amˈa·teur·ism noun