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

     

    amateur

     adjective
    adjective
    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 Origin late 18th cent.: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: amateur