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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 Shoe Oxford Wide Men Width Available Classic Purple bravo Dress Leather Lining King 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,Black DANCE Mens Boots Fashion Shoes Martins Skeleton FIRST Men Print Black for Shoes Ankle Style7 Skull Men PwId5q Middle French < Latin Classic Dress bravo Lining Men Oxford Shoe Available Leather Wide Width King Purple amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Oxford Dress Width King Classic Lining Shoe bravo Wide Leather Purple Available Men 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 amātorToe Scuff Slipper Wide Closed Width Cabernet Dearfoams Textured Knit Women's 4HqUYxYS lover, from Men Width Leather Lining Shoe Available bravo Wide King Purple Oxford Classic Dress 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," Available Oxford King Lining Wide Classic Purple Leather Width Shoe Dress bravo Men agent noun from Lining Classic Men Shoe Leather King Wide Dress Width Purple bravo Available Oxford amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Oxford Wide Leather King Available Purple Men Width Classic bravo Dress Shoe Lining adjective, by 1838.

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