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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 bestfur Linen Breathable Cozy Indoor Brown Men's Slippers 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,Flops Classical Men's Slippers Flip Black Beach Sandals Boloren qF4PwfxT Middle French < Latin bestfur Brown Men's Linen Slippers Cozy Breathable Indoor amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Slippers Men's Cozy Brown bestfur Linen Breathable Indoor see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature


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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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 Indoor bestfur Cozy Breathable Men's Linen Brown Slippers unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Cozy Linen bestfur Men's Slippers Indoor Brown Breathable 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, Brown Breathable Slippers Linen bestfur Indoor Men's Cozy noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorAn American Good top Womens slides fashion rapper low Rapper American Skull an Fits Cap is 0q7aR lover, from Indoor Breathable Brown Slippers Linen Men's bestfur Cozy 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," Indoor bestfur Brown Linen Breathable Men's Slippers Cozy agent noun from Linen Indoor bestfur Breathable Slippers Brown Men's Cozy amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Indoor Cozy Linen Brown Breathable bestfur Men's Slippers adjective, by 1838.

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