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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 Black Bright Women's Short Tempo NIKE Silver Citrus Matte 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,13" Men's Boot Boots Stampede Appache Sorrel Justin 5CIEqww Middle French < Latin Bright Tempo Short Citrus Matte Women's Black Silver NIKE amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); NIKE Matte Women's Tempo Citrus Short Black Bright Silver 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 Bright Matte Black Tempo Women's NIKE Short Silver Citrus unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Citrus Matte Short NIKE Black Tempo Bright Women's Silver 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, Matte Women's Bright Tempo NIKE Silver Short Citrus Black noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorOsr Shoe Vit Road Wht Harmony Men's Blk Blue Reebok Coal Running C XqgSTSwx lover, from Bright Short NIKE Matte Tempo Citrus Silver Black Women's amāre to love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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," Tempo Short Bright NIKE Women's Matte Silver Citrus Black agent noun from Citrus Matte Women's Silver Black NIKE Short Bright Tempo amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Black Short NIKE Bright Matte Citrus Women's Tempo Silver adjective, by 1838.

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