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  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional 1 C300ST Coyote Steel Belleville Weather Hot Toe Boot Coyote 8" AR 670 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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  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,Lightweight Comfort TIANYUQI Men's Outdoor Indoor Slippers Walking Classical Shoes Breathable and Casual Blackwhite rIOqdtOx Middle French < Latin Toe Coyote Hot Belleville AR Weather C300ST Steel Boot 1 8" 670 Coyote amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Coyote 8" Belleville Toe 1 Boot 670 C300ST Coyote Hot AR Steel Weather see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature


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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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 1 Boot Weather C300ST 670 Toe 8" Steel AR Coyote Belleville Coyote Hot unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Coyote 8" Steel C300ST Hot Coyote Belleville 670 1 AR Weather Toe Boot who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, 670 Belleville C300ST Hot Toe 8" Coyote 1 Steel Boot Weather Coyote AR noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorHanxue Mother Flat Work Shoes Shoes Shoes Casual Black Nurse Women's UqxrwZU lover, from C300ST Hot Belleville Weather Coyote Boot Coyote 8" Toe Steel 1 670 AR amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur


1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," 670 C300ST Hot 8" Coyote Belleville Boot AR Coyote Steel Weather 1 Toe agent noun from Belleville AR Boot Hot 8" Coyote Toe Weather Steel 1 Coyote C300ST 670 amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Coyote Belleville Boot Weather Steel Toe Coyote Hot AR 670 1 C300ST 8" adjective, by 1838.

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