Origin of amateur
Examples from the Web for amateur
Thankfully, the Coleman kids reached a Burger King, and Wahlberg and his amateur biker gang rode off.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sharp did lots of school plays, which led to a role in amateur operetta, then professional pantomime.
Today, though, professional and amateur historians can build counter-narratives that are hard to dismantle.
Chicago provides crime reporters and amateur scanner-chasers with more grit and brutality than they can handle combined.
That frequency is within the range used by amateur radio operators, so anyone can listen in.Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon|Matthew R. Francis|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bud would never leave the old horse to that amateur's tender mercies, but he didn't intend to make it easy for the amateur.A Voice in the Wilderness|Grace Livingston Hill
He was sitting beside me in the amateur roof-garden which Mr. Richards had contrived atop the settlement.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
Remember this, Amateur, you'll never be too old to go to school, leastways that's what I've found.An Amateur Fireman|James Otis
Of these varieties, the following are distinct, and possess many charming qualities that cannot fail to gratify the amateur.Parsons on the Rose|Samuel Browne Parsons
Amateur theatricals were much less common in those days than at present, and were held as the ne plus ultra of gaiety.Chantry House|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for amateur
Word Origin for amateur
Word Origin and History for amateur
1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," agent noun from amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an adjective, by 1838.