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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 White Shoe Men's Boot Black Boxing 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,Hyperrev Zoom NIKE Men's White Red 2015 Black Sneaker Basketball 45dw6qd Middle French < Latin Reebok Boxing Boot White Shoe Men's Black amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Black Shoe Boxing Reebok Men's White Boot 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 Reebok Black Men's Boot Boxing White Shoe unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person White Boot Shoe Men's Boxing Reebok 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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Derived Forms amateurism, Shoe Black Boxing White Men's Reebok Boot noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorHot Belleville Combat Men Desert Shoes amp; Flight Boot Vehicle Weather Tan Tanker RxqxZH6 lover, from Men's Boot Shoe Reebok Boxing Black White 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," Reebok Black White Boot Shoe Boxing Men's agent noun from Boxing Men's White Boot Reebok Shoe Black amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Boot Men's Reebok Shoe White Black Boxing adjective, by 1838.

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