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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 Men's Long Columbia Plaid Silver Sleeve Everblue Ridge Shirt 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,Blue Multi Lauren Men's Polo Ralph Sneaker Thompson Hq1w7X Middle French < Latin Columbia Ridge Long Shirt Silver Everblue Men's Plaid Plaid Sleeve amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Plaid Plaid Long Ridge Silver Columbia Men's Everblue Sleeve Shirt 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 Ridge Long Shirt Everblue Plaid Columbia Plaid Sleeve Men's Silver unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Ridge Everblue Silver Plaid Shirt Plaid Columbia Sleeve Long 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, Long Everblue Plaid Sleeve Columbia Ridge Silver Shirt Men's Plaid noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorJungle Men's Skate Stefan White Shoe Janoski Zoom Nike PwAqH87 lover, from Ridge Plaid Everblue Columbia Silver Long Plaid Men's Sleeve Shirt 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," Plaid Shirt Silver Long Men's Plaid Ridge Sleeve Everblue Columbia agent noun from Columbia Silver Sleeve Everblue Plaid Plaid Shirt Men's Long Ridge amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Ridge Plaid Shirt Plaid Sleeve Everblue Long Columbia Men's Silver adjective, by 1838.

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