Amateur - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈæmətər|  American pronunciation of the word amateur
Brit.  |ˈamətə|  British pronunciation of the word amateur


- someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
- an athlete who does not play for pay


- engaged in as a pastime(syn: recreational, unpaid)
- lacking professional skill or expertise(syn: amateurish, inexpert, unskilled)


She played soccer as an amateur before turning professional.

These photos were taken by both amateurs and professionals.

The people running that company are a bunch of amateurs.

Only amateurs make this kind of mistake.

Mickelson won his first major golf tournament while still an amateur.

You English are a bunch of amateurs when it comes to romance.

gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals soup like this, amateur pilots can easily become disoriented... has provided many new outlets for amateur writers and artists to share their work with a global audience...

He was floundering around in the pool like an amateur.

...before her first film role, her acting experience had been limited to amateur theatrics...

It's an amateur sport in the true sense of the word (=with the exact meaning of this word).

the unfailing sign of an amateur

Word forms

singular: amateur
plural: amateurs
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