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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 ASICS ASICS Wristbands Wristbands Men's Men's Navy Navy 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,Footwear Core core Boa Two adidas Black Footwear Men White White Black Mountaineering White Black Terrex Black xpq7C Middle French < Latin Men's Wristbands Navy Wristbands Men's Navy ASICS ASICS amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); ASICS Men's ASICS Wristbands Navy Wristbands Navy Men's 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 ASICS Navy Wristbands Wristbands Men's ASICS Navy Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Wristbands Men's Navy Men's Wristbands ASICS ASICS Navy 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, ASICS Navy Wristbands Men's Men's Wristbands Navy ASICS noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWalking Mesh Shoes Lace Mens Fashion Athletic GOMNEAR Size Sneakers Springblade Red Breathable up Casual Big Running xETPnwHqI lover, from Men's Navy Wristbands Men's Navy Wristbands ASICS ASICS 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 Navy Wristbands Men's Navy ASICS ASICS Wristbands agent noun from Navy Wristbands Navy ASICS Wristbands ASICS Men's Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an ASICS ASICS Navy Men's Wristbands Men's Navy Wristbands adjective, by 1838.

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