What is amateur?

  • (adj): Engaged in as a pastime.
    Example: "An amateur painter"; "gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals"
    Synonyms: recreational, unpaid
    See also — Additional definitions below


An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, "lover") is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science without formal training, also referred to as an autodidact.

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Some articles on amateur:

UEFA Amateur Cup
... The UEFA Amateur Cup was a football competition for national amateur teams in Europe. ...
Amateur Geology - Collecting
... The first amateur geologists were prospectors looking for valuable minerals and gemstones for commercial purposes ... however, more and more people have been drawn to amateur geology for recreational purposes, mainly for the beauty that rocks and minerals provide ... One reason for the rise in popularity of amateur geology is that a collection can begin by simply picking up a rock ...
... An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom ... Since amateurs often do not have formal training, some amateur work may be considered sub-par ... For example, amateur athletes in sports such as basketball, baseball or football are regarded as having a lower level of ability than professional athletes ...
Gene Littler - Early Years and Amateur Career
... Amateur and the California State Amateur that same year ... In 1954, he won a PGA Tour event as an amateur, a rare achievement which was not to be repeated until Doug Sanders won the Canadian Open in 1956 ...
Amateur Geology - Safety
... Many sites popular with amateur geologists require driving and/or hiking to remote areas ... Many amateur geologists prefer to travel in groups in order to reduce the danger of somebody becoming injured and/or stuck ... The climate in the areas preferred by amateur geologists can become hot, so precautions such as extra water and sun protection should be taken ...

More definitions of "amateur":

  • (noun): Does not play for pay.
  • (noun): Someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime.

Famous quotes containing the word amateur:

    The true gardener then brushes over the ground with slow and gentle hand, to liberate a space for breath round some favourite; but he is not thinking about destruction except incidentally. It is only the amateur like myself who becomes obsessed and rejoices with a sadistic pleasure in weeds that are big and bad enough to pull, and at last, almost forgetting the flowers altogether, turns into a Reformer.
    Freya Stark (1893–1993)

    I have been reporting club meetings for four years and I am tired of hearing reviews of the books I was brought up on. I am tired of amateur performances at occasions announced to be for purposes either of enjoyment or improvement. I am tired of suffering under the pretense of acquiring culture. I am tired of hearing the word “culture” used so wantonly. I am tired of essays that let no guilty author escape quotation.
    Josephine Woodward, U.S. author. As quoted in Everyone Was Brave, ch. 3, by William L. O’Neill (1969)