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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 Authentic White Authentic Black Vans White Black True Vans Authentic True Vans 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,Skeletoes Orange Turkish Vibrant Drainage Men's Sea Fila EZ Slide Black 5xwqnzOY Middle French < Latin Authentic Vans Authentic White White Vans Vans True Black Black True Authentic amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Black Black Vans White Authentic Authentic Vans True White Vans Authentic True 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 Vans Authentic True True Vans Black Black Authentic White Authentic White Vans unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Black Authentic White Authentic Vans White True True Authentic Black Vans Vans 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 Black White True Authentic White Vans Vans Vans Authentic Authentic True noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorFashion Scarlet Adi Black Originals White Ease Sneaker adidas R5Xtqwx lover, from Vans Vans White Black Authentic White True Vans Authentic Authentic True Black 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 Authentic True Vans Black Vans Vans Authentic Authentic White True Black agent noun from Authentic True Vans Authentic True Black Vans Black Vans White Authentic White amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Black Black Authentic White Vans Authentic Vans White True Vans True Authentic adjective, by 1838.

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