Definition of amateur noun 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. 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!
  3. opposite professional
    Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’.Extra examples I was competing as an amateur. International affairs today are no longer for gentleman amateurs. The others had been skiing since they could walk and made her look a rank amateur. They’re just a bunch of amateurs.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: amateur