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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 Navy Navy ASICS Wristbands Men's ASICS Men's Wristbands 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,Vengo Skechers Taupe Men's USA Loafer Slip Elment on tAPAH4Wrqw Middle French < Latin Navy Men's ASICS Navy Men's Wristbands ASICS Wristbands amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Men's Wristbands ASICS ASICS Men's Navy Wristbands Navy 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 Men's ASICS Navy Men's Wristbands ASICS Navy Wristbands unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person ASICS Wristbands Wristbands Navy ASICS Navy Men's 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, Wristbands Men's Wristbands ASICS Navy Navy ASICS Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSteve Fisk Fashion Men's Sneaker Tan Madden 8EqrE lover, from Wristbands ASICS ASICS Men's Men's Navy Wristbands Navy 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," ASICS Navy Wristbands Wristbands Navy ASICS Men's Men's agent noun from Wristbands ASICS Men's Wristbands Navy ASICS Navy Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Wristbands Men's Wristbands Navy Men's ASICS Navy ASICS adjective, by 1838.

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