from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
- n. Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
- n. One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.
- adj. Of or performed by an amateur.
- adj. Made up of amateurs: an amateur cast.
- adj. Not professional; unskillful.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lover of something.
- n. A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
- n. Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
- adj. Non-professional.
- adj. Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
- adj. Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who admires; an admirer; a lover.
- n. One who has an especial love for any art, study, or pursuit, but does not practise it.
- n. Most commonly, one who cultivates any study or art from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally or with a view to gain: often used of one who pursues a study or an art in a desultory, unskilful, or non-professional way.
- n. Specifically, in sporting and athletics, an athlete who has never competed in a match open to all comers, or for a stake, or for public money, or for gate-money, or under a false name, or with a professional for a prize, and has never taught or pursued athletic exercises as a means of support.
- Pertaining to or having the character of an amateur: as, amateur work; an amateur pianist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an athlete who does not play for pay
- adj. engaged in as a pastime
- n. someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
- adj. lacking professional skill or expertise
French, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French amateur, from Latin amātōrem ("lover"), from amāre ("to love"). (Wiktionary)