Definition of Amateur

1. Noun. Someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime.




2. Adjective. Engaged in as a pastime. "Unpaid extras in the documentary"
Exact synonyms: Recreational, Unpaid
Similar to: Nonprofessional

3. Noun. An athlete who does not play for pay.
Generic synonyms: Athlete, Jock
Specialized synonyms: Outdoor Man, Sporting Man
Antonyms: Professional

4. Adjective. Lacking professional skill or expertise. "An unskilled painting"
Exact synonyms: Amateurish, Inexpert, Unskilled
Similar to: Unprofessional
Derivative terms: Amateurishness

Definition of Amateur

1. 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.

Definition of Amateur

1. Noun. (rare) A lover (term of) something. ¹

2. 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. ¹

3. Noun. Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful. ¹

4. Adjective. Non-professional. ¹

5. Adjective. Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals. ¹

6. Adjective. Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Amateur

1. one that engages in an activity for pleasure [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Amateur

amasthenic
amastia
amastigote
amastigotes
amasumo
amate
amated
amates
amateur (current term)
amateur hour
amateur hours
amateur night
amateur nights
amateur radio
amateurish
amateurishly
amateurishness
amateurism
amateurisms
amateurs
amateurship
amateurships
amathophobia

Literary usage of Amateur

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Musical Motley by Ernest Newman (1919)
"ORIGINALITY AND THE amateur THE question of the amateur composer, raised by Mr Toye in the English Review, is perhaps worth still further discussion. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Hence rules •were formulated and have ever since been in operation which distinguished the professional from the amateur and precluded the possibility of ..."

3. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1842)
"By an amateur. WHIST, till now, was without an historian amongst us ... The manner of the amateur may be in some measure felt on reading but one or two of ..."

4. Initials and Pseudonyms: A Dictionary of Literary Disguises by William Cushing (1885)
"amateur, An. Pierce Egan, the Elder. Beal life in London; or, the rambles and adventures of Bob Tallyho, Ksq., and his cousin the Hon. ..."

5. Poetry by Modern Poetry Association (1916)
"ACH ARTIST VERSUS amateur One would hardly expect to find in The Little Review such advice as that given by Mr. Harold Bauer in The Compleat amateur, ..."

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