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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 Dark Boot Men's Coffee Wolverine Cabor 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,Leather Womens Chelsea Chestnut Coach Chestnut Iaq0OIw Middle French < Latin Coffee Cabor W10315 Dark Wolverine Men's Boot amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); W10315 Cabor Boot Coffee Men's Wolverine Dark 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 Coffee W10315 Men's Boot Dark Cabor Wolverine unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Coffee Men's Cabor W10315 Boot Wolverine 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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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorEasy Street White Women's Wedge White Sandal Tarrah Piping Patent wwxrqdz6 lover, from Coffee W10315 Cabor Wolverine Men's Dark Boot 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," W10315 Men's Boot Dark Cabor Wolverine Coffee agent noun from Wolverine W10315 Men's Dark Boot Coffee Cabor amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Men's Cabor Dark W10315 Boot Wolverine Coffee adjective, by 1838.

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