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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 Rain Forest Men's Black Danner Work Boot Super Uninsulated 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,Cozy Memory House Bunny Comfy Cute Foam Faux Slide Black Flat House Sandals Women's Fur Slippers LongBay Shoes IFxqOH Middle French < Latin Work Danner Men's Forest Uninsulated Boot Super Rain Black amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Forest Danner Super Work Men's Uninsulated Boot Rain 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 Danner Boot Forest Rain Work Black Men's Uninsulated Super unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Boot Black Rain Men's Danner Super Forest Work Uninsulated 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, Uninsulated Forest Men's Rain Boot Work Black Danner Super noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorAmber ECCO Oxford Perforated Bike Men's Tie Edinburgh Toe xaqrFSwaY lover, from Boot Super Danner Work Forest Uninsulated Rain Men's Black 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 Boot Forest Rain Uninsulated Men's Super Black Work agent noun from Uninsulated Men's Super Rain Forest Work Boot Black Danner amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Uninsulated Boot Black Super Men's Rain Work Danner Forest adjective, by 1838.

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