Meaning of AMATEUR in English


I. ˈaməˌtər (+V -ər.), -ˌtə̄(r ( also ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷); -_d.ə(r), -_tə(r); -ˌtu̇(ə)r, -ˌtu̇ə, -.ˌtyu̇(ə)r, -.ˌtyu̇ə ( also ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷); -ˌchu̇(ə)r, -ˌchu̇ə, -_chə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: French, from Latin amator lover, from amatus (past participle of amare to love) + -or; probably akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Old Norse amma grandmother, Latin amita father's sister, Greek amma nurse, Phrygian ad am nein to love

1. : one that has a marked fondness, liking, or taste : devotee , admirer

amateurs of this splendid wine will surely rejoice to learn that a limited quantity … will be available — New Yorker


a. : one that engages in a particular pursuit, study, or science as a pastime rather than as a profession

the professional historians … have again let an amateur make off with a theme of real significance — T.H.Williams

b. : one that competes in sports or athletics for pleasure rather than for financial gain — compare professional


a. : one that follows an art or science in a superficial way : dilettante , dabbler

affected the pose of the gentleman amateur of the arts — F.H.Ellis

b. : one that engages in an activity in an inexperienced or incompetent manner

the amateurs, the green beginners … are naturally appalled by the shelffuls our curiosity persuades us to tackle — John Mason Brown

II. adjective

1. : of, relating to, or having the status of an amateur

football on an amateur basis

an amateur writer

2. : engaged in or performed by or as if by an amateur : nonprofessional

amateur acting

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.