Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.
  • noun Sports An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
  • noun One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.
  • adjective Of or performed by an amateur.
  • adjective Made up of amateurs.
  • adjective Not professional; unskillful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who admires; an admirer; a lover.
  • noun One who has an especial love for any art, study, or pursuit, but does not practise it.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A lover of something.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
  • adjective Non-professional.
  • adjective Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
  • adjective Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an athlete who does not play for pay
  • adjective engaged in as a pastime
  • noun someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
  • adjective lacking professional skill or expertise

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Latin amātor, lover, from amāre, to love.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French amateur, from Latin amātōrem ("lover"), from amāre ("to love").

Examples

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  • sometime you need to accept yr an amateur...

    February 26, 2013