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Definition of amateur noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//‑ˌtər//
    , NAmE//‑ˌtʃʊr//
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  1. 1a person who takes part in a sport or other activity for enjoyment, not as a job The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals.
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a person who is not skilled This work was done by a bunch of amateurs! opposite professional
  3. NAmE//ˈæmətʃərˌɪzəm//
    , NAmE//‑tər‑//
    , NAmE//‑tʃʊr‑//
    noun [uncountable] New rules on amateurism allow payment for promotional work.
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