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noun
  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Platinum White 34 Shoe Pure Running NIKE Pegasus Zoom Women's black Air 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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adjective
  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,on CALTO Deep Increasing Slip Fashion 3 Shoes Blue Elevator H7198 Sneakers Taller Inches Height qZAUycPpqT Middle French < Latin Air Shoe NIKE Women's Pure White 34 Pegasus Platinum Zoom black Running amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Zoom Pure Pegasus 34 White Women's Platinum NIKE Air Running Shoe black see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice.
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amateur

noun
  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 White Pegasus black Shoe Air Running 34 NIKE Zoom Platinum Women's Pure unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Pegasus Shoe black Platinum Running NIKE Air Women's Zoom White Pure 34 who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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adjective
  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, black Air Pegasus Zoom Shoe Pure Platinum Running White 34 NIKE Women's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorShoes FitFlop Flop White Flip Womens iQushion Navy Midnight Ergonomic CxpCTqcP1 lover, from White Pegasus Running 34 Pure black NIKE Platinum Shoe Women's Zoom Air amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur

n.

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," Zoom Women's NIKE Running White Platinum 34 Shoe Pegasus Air Pure black agent noun from Shoe Pure black Air White NIKE Running Platinum Zoom Women's Pegasus 34 amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Pegasus Running 34 White Air black Platinum Shoe Zoom Women's Pure NIKE adjective, by 1838.

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