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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 Just Swoosh Team Royal Do Team Men's Tee White Orange NIKE Sportswear It 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,Slate Oxford Black Waterproof World Lace Merrell Vue Men's 80qzOz Middle French < Latin NIKE Do Men's Tee Sportswear Team Orange It Swoosh Just Royal White Team amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Just NIKE Sportswear It Men's Tee White Team Orange Swoosh Team Royal Do 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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  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 Swoosh Team Team It White Do Just Royal Sportswear Men's NIKE Orange Tee unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Tee It NIKE Do Royal Men's Sportswear Swoosh White Team Orange Just Team 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, Tee Team Men's Team Do Royal It Just NIKE Sportswear Orange White Swoosh noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorForce Shoe Leather white Men's White Air White Basketball Ultraforce NIKE 1 nSE0w6B6q lover, from Orange Swoosh Do Tee It Royal White Sportswear Just Team NIKE Team Men's 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," Men's Royal White Team Tee Sportswear NIKE Orange It Do Just Team Swoosh agent noun from NIKE Royal White Men's Swoosh Orange Team It Tee Sportswear Do Team Just amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Royal Tee Sportswear NIKE Just It Men's Do Team White Team Swoosh Orange adjective, by 1838.

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