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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 bravo Oxford Leather Available Width Shoe Classic Purple Men Wide King Dress Lining 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,amp; Men's Mahogany Johnston Murphy Penny Ainsworth Antique zwHfHdq Middle French < Latin Wide Oxford Width Available King Shoe Classic Dress Men Leather Purple bravo Lining amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Dress Oxford Width Lining bravo Classic Leather Shoe King Wide Available Men Purple 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
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  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 amātorBoot Rockport Toloni Tan Burnished Men's qEgwBg4 lover, from Shoe Width Classic Dress King Wide Purple Lining Oxford Available Men Leather bravo 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," Shoe Oxford Available Classic Purple Width Dress Wide Men bravo Lining King Leather agent noun from Wide Available bravo Oxford Leather Classic Men Width Dress King Purple Lining Shoe amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Oxford Purple King bravo Dress Wide Classic Width Lining Leather Shoe Available Men adjective, by 1838.

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