Etymology
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amateur (n.)

1784, "one who has a taste for some art, study, or pursuit, but does not practice it," from French amateur "one who loves, lover" (16c., restored from Old French ameour), from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover, friend," agent noun from amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy).

The meaning "one who cultivates and participates (in something) but does not pursue it professionally or with an eye to gain" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786; often with disparaging suggestions of "dabbler, dilettante," but not in athletics, where the disparagement shaded the professional, at least formerly. As an adjective, by 1838.

updated on September 18, 2022

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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;
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