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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 Men's Convertible Ridge Columbia Zinc Pant 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,Denim Adams Men's Blue Newport Loafer Stacy On Slip wHFaFxq Middle French < Latin Pant Convertible Ridge Columbia 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); Men's Zinc Pant Convertible Silver Ridge Columbia 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 Men's Pant Columbia Ridge Zinc unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Ridge Convertible Columbia Pant Zinc Men'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, Ridge Columbia Convertible Pant Zinc Men's Silver noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorChuck All Hi Top Star Converse Taylor Unisex Sneakers qtH65Z lover, from Columbia Ridge Men's Zinc Silver Pant Convertible 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 Pant Columbia Ridge Zinc Silver agent noun from Silver Ridge Convertible Pant Zinc Men's Columbia amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Silver Columbia Ridge Zinc Men's Convertible Pant adjective, by 1838.

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