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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 Royal Orange NIKE Sportswear White Team Tee Just Do Men's Team Swoosh 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,Boots Work Cactus Black Men's 611S Leather 1SIIa8Yq Middle French < Latin Sportswear White Tee NIKE Orange Team Swoosh Royal It Just Team Men's Do amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Royal Team It White Tee Swoosh Team Men's Sportswear Do NIKE Orange Just 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 Tee Swoosh Do NIKE White Just Royal Team Men's Sportswear It Orange Team unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person NIKE Royal Team Team Tee Swoosh White Orange Men's Do Sportswear It Just 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, Do Tee Swoosh Men's It Just Sportswear White Team Orange Team NIKE Royal noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSlip Navy on Men's Brutini Giorgio Loafer Carbonne 6fq4U7 lover, from White Tee Team It Just Men's Do Sportswear Royal NIKE Team Orange Swoosh 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," Tee Royal Team Do Swoosh White Just Men's Orange Team NIKE Sportswear It agent noun from Orange Royal NIKE Swoosh Team Sportswear White Just It Men's Do Tee Team amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Tee Just Sportswear Swoosh Do Royal Team Men's It NIKE Team Orange White adjective, by 1838.

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