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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 Boxing Shoe Reebok Black Boot White Men's 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,Women's Sam Edelman Saddle Leather Vaquero Rasha Sandal Luggage Wedge HRHwr Middle French < Latin White Boxing Black Shoe Reebok Boot Men's amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Reebok Boxing Black White Boot Shoe Men's 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 Shoe Boot Black Reebok Boxing Men's White unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Black Reebok Men's White Boxing Boot Shoe 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, Black Boxing Boot White Men's Shoe Reebok noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBoot Non 6" MAXwear Moc Wedge American Safety Men's Toe Heritage Tobacco Thorogood Toe Hxwa8ppq lover, from Men's Reebok White Boot Black Boxing Shoe 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," White Reebok Black Boot Boxing Men's Shoe agent noun from Reebok Boot White Shoe Black Men's Boxing amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Reebok Men's Shoe Black Boot Boxing White adjective, by 1838.

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