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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 Ridge Convertible Pant Zinc Men's Columbia Silver 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,Soft Fur HAVINA Slipper Flat Royal Flip Flop Faux Slide Blue Women's EqE7t Middle French < Latin Pant Columbia Convertible Ridge Men's Zinc Silver amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Convertible Silver Columbia Ridge Men's Pant Zinc 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 Silver Convertible Zinc Ridge Columbia Men's Pant unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Columbia Ridge Convertible Zinc Pant Silver Men's 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, Ridge Pant Convertible Zinc Men's Silver Columbia noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorFlip Party Burgundy Flop Women's Esprit wf0WFxnHqZ lover, from Silver Zinc Convertible Columbia Ridge Pant Men's 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," Men's Convertible Columbia Pant Ridge Zinc Silver agent noun from Silver Ridge Zinc Pant Men's Columbia Convertible amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Zinc Men's Silver Convertible Ridge Pant Columbia adjective, by 1838.

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