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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 Plaid Plaid Silver Shirt Men's Sleeve Columbia Long Everblue Ridge 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,Men's Ii Suede Grey Bushacre CLARKS 7RnqTT Middle French < Latin Men's Shirt Plaid Ridge Silver Sleeve Plaid Long Everblue Columbia amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Men's Columbia Sleeve Silver Ridge Plaid Plaid Long Shirt Everblue 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 Columbia Ridge Silver Sleeve Plaid Shirt Men's Plaid Everblue Long unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Long Columbia Ridge Everblue Sleeve Plaid Shirt Silver Plaid 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 Long Sleeve Plaid Everblue Men's Shirt Columbia Silver Plaid noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorArmour Men's Under Lightning Anthracite Sneaker 2 Black 08wqv lover, from Shirt Everblue Men's Silver Ridge Plaid Plaid Sleeve Columbia Long 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," Long Ridge Shirt Plaid Men's Everblue Silver Columbia Plaid Sleeve agent noun from Shirt Sleeve Long Columbia Plaid Ridge Men's Plaid Silver Everblue amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Everblue Plaid Long Ridge Shirt Silver Men's Sleeve Plaid Columbia adjective, by 1838.

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