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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 Reebok Boot White Shoe Boxing Men's Black 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,Steal adidas Steel Originals PK Smith Tech Fashion Men's Stan Sneaker teach Steel OG Tech OTrOq Middle French < Latin White Men's Black Shoe Boot Boxing Reebok amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Boxing White Reebok Boot Men's 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 Shoe White Boot Reebok Boxing Black Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person White Men's Shoe Reebok Black Boot Boxing 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, Reebok Boxing White Black Boot Men's Shoe noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBlack DC White Red Shoe top Pure Skate High Men's Wc ZZAHUx8 lover, from Men's Shoe Black White Reebok Boxing 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," White Boxing Black Boot Men's Shoe Reebok agent noun from Boxing Black Reebok White Boot Shoe Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Men's Reebok Black Boxing Shoe White Boot adjective, by 1838.

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