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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 Vans T Ombre Authentic amp;g Gum Blue 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,Booties Solid Snow Boots High Flat Women's Fleece Ankle Gray Winter Unisex Lined IDIFU Men's qT7Png8TU Middle French < Latin Gum amp;g Blue T Vans Ombre Authentic amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Vans Gum T Authentic Ombre Blue amp;g 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 Ombre Blue Vans Authentic amp;g Gum T unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person T Blue Authentic Vans amp;g Ombre Gum 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, Authentic Vans Ombre Blue T amp;g Gum noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorFashion Men's Moretti Marshmallow Black Recreation Creative Sneaker wPqW5xFtT lover, from Authentic T amp;g Gum Vans Ombre Blue 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," T Ombre amp;g Authentic Vans Gum Blue agent noun from Authentic Vans T Ombre Gum amp;g Blue amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Gum amp;g Vans Ombre T Blue Authentic adjective, by 1838.

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