Correct spelling, explanation: the origin of the word amateur can be found in the Latin words amare and amator, which used to mean to love and lover. The words also entered the Italian and French languages and in the 18th century amateur appeared also in English, but its meaning today is different than the one it had in the Latin language.
Definition of amateur:
1. noun – a person who does something just for pleasure or a person who doesn’t have many skills in something;
I’m only an amateur so I don’t care whether I win or lose, I simply like playing.
This graphic design is of really poor quality which confirms that Jane is just an amateur.
2. adjective – used to describe someone who is doing something only for fun;
Remember that you’re only an amateur chess player so don’t treat it so seriously.
Phrases with amateur:
A few common phrases with amateur include: amateur theater, amateur hour (lack of professionalism), and amateur actor.
A few students from our school formed an amateur theater and they’re absolutely brilliant.
What he showed at the meeting was an amateur hour and everybody was disappointed with him.
Bill is an amateur actor, but only because he’s too lazy to learn it professionally.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: amateur is a word of Latin and French origins, which is easily heard in the pronunciation of the word. Also, because of that amateur causes some troubles when it comes to its spelling as many users of English think that the correct spelling is
ameture. It’s wrong, though, and the only correct writing is amateur.
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