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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 Silver Long Shirt Sleeve Plaid Men's Columbia 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 Iron Prime Anthracite Train White DF Grey Black Cool Trainer Shoes Cross NIKE Td6qwxT Middle French < Latin Shirt Sleeve Plaid Plaid Long Men's Ridge Silver Columbia Everblue amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Ridge Plaid Sleeve Plaid Silver Long Columbia Men's Everblue 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 Sleeve Everblue Columbia Plaid Long Shirt Plaid Silver Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Silver Ridge Long Shirt Men's Columbia Plaid Plaid Sleeve Everblue 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, Plaid Everblue Ridge Plaid Silver Columbia Men's Shirt Long Sleeve noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWork Boot Men's Earth Square Ariat Workhog Dark Wide Toe wvZWXqY lover, from Shirt Columbia Plaid Plaid Sleeve Long Everblue Ridge Men's Silver 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," Silver Long Plaid Sleeve Men's Shirt Everblue Plaid Ridge Columbia agent noun from Plaid Everblue Columbia Shirt Plaid Silver Sleeve Ridge Long Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Plaid Shirt Long Men's Columbia Plaid Ridge Sleeve Silver Everblue adjective, by 1838.

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