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amateur (n.)

1784年,"对某种艺术、研究或追求有兴趣,但不实践的人",来自法语 amateur "爱的人,情人"(16世纪,从古法语 ameour ),来自拉丁语 amatorem (名词 amator )"情人,朋友",代理名词,来自 amatusamare "爱"的过去分词(见 Amy )。

意为"培养和参与(某事)的人,但并不以专业或以收益为目的来追求它"(与 professional )是从1786年开始的,常带有贬义的色调,"dabbler,dilettante",除了在田径运动中,以前的色调是专业的。作为形容词,到1838年。

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Definitions of amateur from WordNet
1
amateur (n.)
someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime;
amateur (n.)
an athlete who does not play for pay;
2
amateur (adj.)
engaged in as a pastime;
an amateur painter
gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals
Synonyms: recreational / unpaid
amateur (adj.)
lacking professional skill or expertise;
From wordnet.princeton.edu