amateur[am′ə c̸hər, -c̸ho̵or′; -ə tʉr′, -ə tər]
- An amateur is an individual who is new to, or not yet skilled in, a particular skill or sport.
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.
An example of an amateur are many of the athletes in the Olympics.
- 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 of amateurFrench ; from Classical Latin amator, lover ; from past participle of amare, to love
- of or done by an amateur or amateurs
- being an amateur or made up of amateurs
- One 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 of amateurFrench, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.
- (now rare) A lover of something.
- A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
- She is an accomplished amateur woodworker.
- Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
- The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.
(comparative more amateur, superlative most amateur)