noun am·a·teur \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtr, -ˌtyr, -ˌchr, -chər\

: a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job

: a person who does something poorly : a person who is not skillful at a job or other activity

Full Definition of AMATEUR

:  one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession
:  one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science
amateur adjective
am·a·teur·ish \ˌa-mə-ˈtər-ish, -ˈt(y)r-, -ˈchr-, -ˈchər-\ adjective
am·a·teur·ish·ly adverb
am·a·teur·ish·ness noun
am·a·teur·ism \ˈa-mə-ˌtər-ˌi-zəm, -ˌt(y)r-, -ˌchr-, -ˌchər-; -ˌtə-ˌri-, -ˌchə-ˌri-\ noun

Origin of AMATEUR

French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love
First Known Use: 1777

Synonym Discussion of AMATEUR

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>.
AMATEUR Defined for Kids


noun am·a·teur \ˈam-ə-ˌtər, -ˌchər\

Definition of AMATEUR for Kids

:  a person who takes part in sports or occupations for pleasure and not for pay
:  a person who takes part in something without having experience or skill in it
am·a·teur·ish \ˌam-ə-ˈtər-ish, -ˈchər-\ adjective <an amateurish actor>

Word History of AMATEUR

The English word amateur came from a French word which in turn came from a Latin word that meant lover. In English, amateurs are so called because they do something for the love of doing it and not for pay.



Definition of AMATEUR for Kids

:  not professional <amateur athletes>


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