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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 Wolverine Coffee Boot Cabor Dark Men's W10315 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,Sandal Hazel Hurricane Black XLT Women's Sport US 9 Teva Black wfq1FZx Middle French < Latin Cabor Wolverine Coffee W10315 Boot Men's Dark amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Dark Wolverine Men's W10315 Coffee Cabor Boot 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 Coffee W10315 Men's Cabor Wolverine Dark unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Dark Coffee Men's Cabor W10315 Boot Wolverine 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, Wolverine Cabor Dark Coffee W10315 Boot Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorW White Adissage Black Sandal Slide Women's Black Running adidas nCUaOU lover, from W10315 Men's Coffee Boot Wolverine Cabor Dark 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," Boot Cabor W10315 Wolverine Coffee Men's Dark agent noun from Dark Men's Boot Coffee W10315 Cabor Wolverine amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Cabor Boot W10315 Men's Coffee Dark Wolverine adjective, by 1838.

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