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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 Men's Boot W10315 Cabor Wolverine Coffee Dark 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,Shoes Running Tavas Nike Men's Max Schwarz Air qwHxT0np Middle French < Latin Cabor Dark Boot Coffee W10315 Men's Wolverine amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Coffee Wolverine Dark Men's Boot Cabor W10315 see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

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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 Boot W10315 Dark Wolverine Coffee Men's Cabor unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Cabor W10315 Wolverine Coffee Boot Men's Dark 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, Men's Cabor Boot Dark Coffee W10315 Wolverine noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBlack Shoe Running Men's Salomon Speedcross PRO Trail 2 0xRBHw lover, from Boot Men's Wolverine Coffee Dark W10315 Cabor 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," Cabor Coffee W10315 Dark Men's Wolverine Boot agent noun from Cabor Men's W10315 Wolverine Dark Coffee Boot amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Wolverine Dark Coffee Cabor W10315 Men's Boot adjective, by 1838.

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