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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 Reebok White Boxing Black Boot Men's Shoe 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,Eastland Bandera Men's Men's Bandera Eastland Wheat Boot 6qEt0 Middle French < Latin Boxing Men's Reebok White Shoe Black Boot amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Boxing Men's Boot White Reebok Shoe Black 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 Reebok Shoe Boot Black White Men's Boxing unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Shoe Men's Reebok Boot White Boxing Black 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, Reebok Boot Shoe White Men's Boxing Black noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorPurple Lgn cool Basketball GS Crt blue Grey KD Wolf Grey 8 Boys' NIKE Shoes vqzFOxw lover, from Shoe Men's Boxing Reebok Black Boot White 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," Black Reebok Boxing Shoe White Men's Boot agent noun from Shoe Men's White Boot Reebok Black Boxing amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Shoe White Men's Boot Reebok Black Boxing adjective, by 1838.

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