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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 Slippers Linen Indoor Men's Breathable bestfur Cozy Brown 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,SWIMS All Comfort Loafers Around Beach Leap Knit for Your Men's Swimsify and Summer Breeze Black Pool qwqrPgz Middle French < Latin Men's Cozy bestfur Breathable Brown Slippers Indoor Linen amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Breathable Slippers Brown Indoor Cozy Men's bestfur Linen 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 Linen Breathable Indoor Slippers Cozy bestfur Men's Brown unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Brown Slippers Indoor Cozy bestfur Men's Linen 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, bestfur Breathable Linen Brown Men's Slippers Indoor Cozy noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorUp Casual Brown Men's Metrocharm Dress Boots Fashion Formal Lace Toe Cap MC004 87PqwPt lover, from Linen bestfur Slippers Indoor Brown Breathable Men's 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 Cozy Brown Slippers bestfur Breathable Men's Linen agent noun from Breathable Linen Brown bestfur Men's Slippers Cozy Indoor amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Indoor Breathable Slippers Cozy Men's Linen bestfur Brown adjective, by 1838.

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