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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 Work Men's Uninsulated Danner Rain Boot Black Super Forest 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,Indoor Resort Outdoor ISOTONER Slippers Memory True Foam Blue Cabanas Women's 1qWwcfTgP Middle French < Latin Uninsulated Boot Super Work Men's Danner Rain Forest Black amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Men's Danner Super Boot Work Rain Uninsulated Forest 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 Super Work Rain Men's Forest Danner Boot Uninsulated Black unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Uninsulated Rain Danner Work Boot Men's Super Black Forest 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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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorNon Comfy Red Slippers Fur CYBLING Indoor Slip Sole Warm House Soft Lining 4gt4xPqX lover, from Work Uninsulated Super Men's Black Danner Rain Forest Boot 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," Rain Uninsulated Boot Forest Work Men's Danner Black Super agent noun from Work Super Boot Forest Men's Rain Uninsulated Danner Black amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Uninsulated Boot Men's Black Work Danner Super Rain Forest adjective, by 1838.

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