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

  2. an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.

  1. a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity: Hunting lions is not for amateurs.

  2. a person who admires something; devotee; fan: an amateur of the cinema.

  1. characteristic of or engaged in by an amateur; nonprofessional: an amateur painter; amateur tennis.

Origin of amateur

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

Other words for amateur

Other words from amateur

  • pro·am·a·teur, adjective

Words that may be confused with amateur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amateur in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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

  1. a person unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity

  2. a person who is fond of or admires something

  3. (modifier) consisting of or for amateurs: an amateur event

  1. amateurish; not professional or expert: an amateur approach

Origin of amateur

C18: from French, from Latin amātor lover, from amāre to love

Derived forms of amateur

  • amateurism, noun

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