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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 amatus, amare “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