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Definition of amateur

What is the definition of "amateur"?
  • am•a•teurnoun
  • 1. A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
    2. Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
    3. One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.


  • am•a•teuradjective
  • 1. Of or performed by an amateur.
    2. Made up of amateurs: an amateur cast.


Use "amateur" in a sentence
  • "Then it dawned on me that the word "amateur" comes from the French word meaning "to love.""

    "I totally agree with your etymological assessment of the term amateur, I will always be an amateur, never a professional. lichanos"

    "But I don't think the term amateur is being used that way here."

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How to Say "amateur" in:
  • Spanish: amateur
  • German: amateur
  • French: amateur
  • Mandarin: amateur
  • Japanese: amateur

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