Definition of amateur in English:


Line breaks: ama|teur
Pronunciation: /ˈamətə
, -tʃə, -tjʊə, ˌaməˈtəː


  • 1A person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid basis: it takes five years for a top amateur to become a real Tour de France rider his last fight as an amateur
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    • In another key component, the band sponsored a female athlete and an amateur in each sport.
    • Last year, junior rider Kate Hart beat the professionals and the top amateurs to earn the victory.
    • So first off it was probably the top club juniors, then the top amateurs, then, I guess, guys like Faldo and Clarke.
    non-professional, non-specialist, layman, layperson; dilettante, dabbler, potterer, trifler; enthusiast, devotee, fan, … lover
    informal buff, ham
  • 1.1A person who is contemptibly inept at a particular activity: that bunch of stumbling amateurs
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    • Pongratz speaks with admiration of the young performers in this production, no bunch of amateurs.
    • It's also a celebration of the passion for worshipping incompetent amateurs.
    • Owen is a journalist, Mara a novelist, and his contempt at having what he sees as an amateur on his patch is made blindingly obvious.


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  • I was a little confused and don't know whether that was professionalism or pure amateurism.
  • Howman feels that amateurism should not be an issue.
  • Heroic amateurism has always been Cook's style.


late 18th century: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator 'lover', from amare 'to love'.

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