Definitions for amateurism
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
am•a•teurˈæm əˌtʃʊər, -tʃər, -tər, ˌæm əˈtɜr(n.)
a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit.
Ref: Compare professional (def. 11). 11
an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.
a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity:
Detective work is not for amateurs.
a lover or devotee of an art, science, etc.
(adj.)pertaining to, characteristic of, or engaged in by an amateur:
composed of amateurs.
being an amateur:
an amateur painter.
Origin of amateur:
1775–85; < F, MF < L amātor lover =amā(re) to love +-tor -tor
the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
Amateur beliefs and practices generally.
The opinion or conviction that sports ought not to be played for money.
the practice, habit, or work of an amateur