Amateur definition

ămə-tûr, -tər, -cho͝or, -chər, -tyo͝or
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Not professional; unskillful.
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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.

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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.
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Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.

Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

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(now rare) A lover of something.
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Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.

The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

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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.

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(sports) An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
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A person who does something without professional skill.
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Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.

Amateur sports.

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One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.
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A person who is somewhat unskillful.
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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.

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Made up of amateurs.

An amateur cast.

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Of or done by an amateur or amateurs.
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Being an amateur or made up of amateurs.
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Amateurish.
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One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
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Of or performed by an amateur.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
amateur
Plural:
amateurs

Origin of amateur

  • French from Latin amātor lover from amāre to love

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French amateur, from Latin amātōrem (“lover”), from amāre (“to love”).

    From Wiktionary