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amateur

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈæmətər/
a person who takes part in an activity because they are interested in it or enjoy it, not as a job: This conference is open to both amateurs and professionals.
disapproving someone who does not have much skill in what they do: I won't be giving them any more work - they're a bunch of amateurs.
Translations of “amateur”
in Korean 비전문가…
in Arabic هاو…
in French amateur/-trice, amateur…
in Turkish amatör, acemi…
in Italian dilettante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 業餘愛好者, 業餘運動員, 外行…
in Russian любитель, дилетант…
in Polish amator/ka…
in Spanish aficionado, amateur…
in Portuguese amador, -ora…
in German der/die Amateur(in)…
in Catalan aficionat, -ada…
in Japanese アマチュア, 愛好家…
in Chinese (Simplified) 业余爱好者, 业余运动员, 外行…
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