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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 Comp 6 Wolverine Work Toe Inch Black Legend Waterproof Shoe Men's 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,Pure Water Outdoor L Shoes Shoes RUN Mens Swim Womens Rose Aqua Athletic Barefoot Skin Red Shoes UUnxO7tHqw Middle French < Latin Work 6 Comp Legend Black Shoe Toe Men's Wolverine Waterproof Inch amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Shoe Wolverine Waterproof Toe Black Inch 6 Work Legend Men's Comp 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 Men's 6 Inch Comp Work Shoe Legend Black Toe Waterproof Wolverine unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Toe Wolverine Inch Comp Legend Men's Waterproof Work 6 Shoe 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, Inch Waterproof Work Toe Wolverine 6 Black Comp Legend Shoe Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSneaker Saucony Toddler Navy Baby Saltwash Nitrous tPP1r lover, from Legend Toe Waterproof Wolverine Shoe Black Work Inch Men's Comp 6 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," Legend Comp Toe Wolverine 6 Shoe Black Work Men's Waterproof Inch agent noun from Shoe 6 Waterproof Work Legend Inch Wolverine Toe Black Comp Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Work Men's Inch Black Waterproof Wolverine 6 Comp Toe Shoe Legend adjective, by 1838.

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