See also: Amateur

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French amateur, from Latin amātor (lover), from amāre (to love).

Pronunciation

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæ.mə.tə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.mə.tɚ/, /ˈæ.mə.t͡ʃɚ/, /ˈæ.mə.t͡ʃʊɚ/
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Noun

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amateur (plural amateurs)

  1. (now rare) A lover of something.
    • 2006, John Hailman, Thomas Jefferson on Wine, University of Mississippi, published 2006, page x:
      he conducted extensive correspondence on wines with European suppliers, employing a wine vocabulary familiar to any modern amateur of wines.
  2. A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, science, or art (such as music or painting), especially one who cultivates any study, interest, taste, or attachment without engaging in it professionally.
    The contest is only open to amateurs.
  3. Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
    The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

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Adjective

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amateur (comparative more amateur, superlative most amateur)

  1. Non-professional.
  2. Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
    amateur sports
  3. Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
    Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

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Catalan

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French amateur.

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Adjective

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amateur m or f (masculine and feminine plural amateurs)

  1. amateur

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amateur m or f by sense (plural amateurs)

  1. amateur
    Synonym: aficionat

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Dutch

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French amateur.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˌɑ.maːˈtøːr/
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  • Hyphenation: ama‧teur

Noun

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amateur m (plural amateurs, diminutive amateurtje n)

  1. amateur

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Descendants

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  • Indonesian: amatir
  • Papiamentu: amatùr

French

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Latin amātōrem (lover), from amō (to love). Compare Old French ameor, which was inherited from the same source but disappeared by the 15th century.

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amateur m (plural amateurs, feminine amatrice)

  1. amateur; hobbyist
    Coordinate term: professionnel
  2. lover of something

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amateur (feminine amateur or amateure or amatrice, masculine plural amateurs, feminine plural amateurs or amateures or amatrices)

  1. amateur, amateurish

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Italian

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from French amateur. Doublet of amatore.

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amateur m or f by sense

  1. amateur (non-professional)

Spanish

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from French amateur. Doublet of amador.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /amaˈteɾ/ [a.maˈt̪eɾ]
  • IPA(key): /amaˈteuɾ/ [a.maˈt̪eu̯ɾ]
    • Rhymes: -euɾ
    • Syllabification: a‧ma‧teur

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amateur m or f (masculine and feminine plural amateurs)

  1. amateurish, amateur
    Synonyms: aficionado, chapucero, diletante, novato

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amateur m or f by sense (plural amateurs)

  1. amateur (person attached to a pursuit without pursuing it professionally)

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According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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