[am-uh-choor, -cher, -ter, am-uh-tur]
a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional 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.

1775–85; < French, Middle French < Latin amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); see -eur

proamateur, adjective

amateur, armature.

2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice. Unabridged
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amateur (ˈæmətə, -tʃə, -ˌtjʊə, ˌæməˈtɜː)
1.  a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a pastime rather than professionally or for gain
2.  an athlete or sportsman
3.  a person unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
4.  a person who is fond of or admires something
5.  (modifier) consisting of or for amateurs: an amateur event
6.  amateurish; not professional or expert: an amateur approach
[C18: from French, from Latin amātor lover, from amāre to love]

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Word Origin & History

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from Fr. amateur "lover of," from O.Fr., from L. amatorem (nom. amator) "lover," from amatus, pp. of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786.
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Example sentences
In an age of specialists I find no end of fun in being an amateur.
But that's a sure sign of a total amateur.
Mr Howe aims to show that groups of amateurs can often produce better results and do so far more cheaply than professionals.
Yet it is an honourable subject, and this amateur could hardly have plunged more plainly and directly into it.
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