an individual attached with a particular quest research or science concerning music or painting esp person who cultivates any study or art from taste or accessory without pursuing it professionally
- lacking professional ability or expertise
- engaged in as a pastime
- an athlete would you not play for pay
- a person who pursues research or recreation as a pastime
- people mounted on a certain pursuit, study, or technology concerning songs or painting; esp. one that cultivates any study or art, from style or attachment, without following it expertly.
1784, "one who may have a taste for (anything)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," agent noun from amatus, previous participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (instead of expert) is from 1786. As an adjective, by 1838.
Describes anyone who will not make anything for taking component in an activity. (sport: The Olympic Games)
Amateur [Hal Hartley]
- scrub [sl.] [pej.]
(n.) You mounted on a specific goal, study, or research regarding songs or painting; esp. person who cultivates any research or art, from flavor or accessory, without seeking it skillfully.
He was also known as a patron of art and literature and an amateur painter of no little merit.