One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of non-professional theatre, especially as performed by local drama societies. Frequently (with capital initials) in proper names.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864), author. From amateur + dramatic.
amateur dramatic/ˈamət(ʃ)ə drəˈmatɪk//ˌaməˈtəː drəˈmatɪk/
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