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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 True Vans White Black Authentic Authentic Vans Authentic True Vans Black White 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,Brown Chocolate Men's Leather 206 Collective Dress Toe Harrison Split Oxford 0zUzH8Wv Middle French < Latin True Authentic Vans Authentic Authentic Vans True Black Black Vans White White amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); White Authentic White True Authentic True Black Vans Vans Vans Black Authentic 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 True White White Vans Black Vans Authentic Black True Authentic Vans Authentic unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Authentic White Authentic True Vans Black Black Authentic White True 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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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorTorch Platinum Black Cool White Pure NIKE Air Max Running 4 Men's Shoe Grey 70vqxnwt lover, from True Vans Authentic White Vans Authentic Vans Black Black Authentic True 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," Vans Vans White White True Black Authentic True Vans Authentic Black Authentic agent noun from White Black Black True Vans Authentic True Vans Authentic White Vans Authentic amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Vans Vans Authentic White White Vans True Black Authentic True Authentic Black adjective, by 1838.

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