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a·ma·teur

amateur

 
 
pronunciation:
ae m chr
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who does something only for enjoyment rather than for money.
Her father wants her to be a professional musician, but she is happy being an amateur.
antonyms:
professional
similar words:
buff, hobbyist
definition 2: one who is not skilled in a given area or activity.
The chef refuses to let amateurs help him in the kitchen.
antonyms:
ace, expert, master, pro, professional
similar words:
dabbler, novice
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or relating to an amateur or amateurs; not professional.
Our town's amateur theater puts on ten plays a year.
antonyms:
expert, professional
similar words:
dabbling
Word History
Amateur is a French word that means "lover of."
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Word Parts  About this feature
The word amateur contains the following part:
am, ama, amor Latin root that means love, friendship
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synonyms:
phil, philo, -philia, -phile