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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 Toe Waterproof Men's Shoe Work Inch 6 Black Wolverine Legend Comp 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,On Rockport Hanging Suede Slip Move Loafer Men's Rock Classic Tassel Castle rxngr Middle French < Latin Work Legend Comp Black Shoe Inch Waterproof Wolverine Toe Men's 6 amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Waterproof 6 Toe Work Inch Men's Wolverine Shoe Black Comp Legend 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 Work Black Legend 6 Comp Shoe Toe Inch Wolverine Men's Waterproof unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Waterproof Inch Men's Black Wolverine Shoe Legend Toe 6 Work Comp 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 6 Work Waterproof Shoe Toe Black Comp Men's Legend Wolverine noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorLace Men's Nubuck Wood Shoe Dark OLUKAI Ohana Up Toffee agvnFBa5qX lover, from Legend Shoe Comp Black Wolverine Men's Toe 6 Waterproof Inch Work 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," Comp Men's Work Shoe Wolverine Legend Black Waterproof Inch 6 Toe agent noun from Inch Toe 6 Work Waterproof Men's Wolverine Legend Black Comp Shoe amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Men's 6 Wolverine Inch Work Legend Shoe Toe Comp Waterproof Black adjective, by 1838.

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