Definition of amateur adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæmətə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmətər//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈæmətʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmətʃər//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] doing something for enjoyment or interest, not as a job an amateur photographer
  2. 2[usually before noun] done for enjoyment, not as a job amateur athletics
  3. 3(usually disapproving) = amateurish The performance sounded very amateur, I’m afraid.
  4. opposite professional
    Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: amateur