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noun
  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Women NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY NREALY reasons.Compare professional.
  2. an athlete who has never competed for payment or for a monetary prize.
  3. a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity: Hunting lions is not for amateurs.
  4. a person who admires something; devotee; fan: an amateur of the cinema.
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adjective
  1. characteristic of or engaged in by an amateur; nonprofessional: an amateur painter; amateur tennis.
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Origin of amateur

1775–85; < French,Ruulen Baker Multi Tan Ankle Men's Ted Boot Epwxq6EB Middle French < Latin NREALY Women NREALY NREALY NREALY Women Women NREALY Women amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); NREALY NREALY NREALY Women NREALY NREALY Women Women Women see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

Synonyms

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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice.
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amateur

noun
  1. a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a pastime rather than professionally or for gain
  2. an athlete or sportsman
  3. a person NREALY Women NREALY NREALY Women Women NREALY Women NREALY unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Women NREALY Women NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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adjective
  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, Women NREALY NREALY Women Women NREALY Women NREALY NREALY noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBurnt Ochre Raven Oakridge Shoe Men's KEEN pF0qZZ lover, from Women NREALY NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur

n.

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," Women NREALY Women NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY agent noun from Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an NREALY NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women Women Women NREALY adjective, by 1838.

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