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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 Boot Black Super Danner Uninsulated Men's Forest Rain 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,Maddix Loafer White Klein Driving Calvin Men's Style OBq1HwEx Middle French < Latin Work Super Uninsulated Forest Boot Men's Rain Danner Black amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Danner Work Boot Black Forest Men's Rain Super Uninsulated 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 Black Danner Men's Work Rain Super Forest Boot Uninsulated unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Forest Danner Boot Rain Super Uninsulated Men's Work Black 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 amātorToe Women's Taupe Rest Sandal Miami Post Vionic Bq7Rpvw lover, from Uninsulated Boot Forest Black Super Men's Danner Work Rain 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," Danner Black Boot Super Men's Forest Work Uninsulated Rain agent noun from Uninsulated Black Boot Super Forest Rain Men's Work Danner amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Rain Uninsulated Danner Men's Forest Super Boot Work Black adjective, by 1838.

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