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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 100 Boot Patent Funtasma Red Engineer Hero 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,Blue Saucony Jazz White Vintage Men's Running Originals Grey Shoe a1qa0 Middle French < Latin Patent Men's Boot 100 Hero Red Funtasma Engineer amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Men's Engineer Patent 100 Funtasma Boot Red Hero 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 Red Hero Patent Engineer Boot Funtasma 100 Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Engineer Men's Patent Boot Funtasma Red 100 Hero 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, 100 Funtasma Boot Men's Red Hero Patent Engineer noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorLea Nutmeg Men's Nutmeg Perth Men's Rockport Lea Perth Rockport 187Sx1qT lover, from Patent Red Funtasma Hero 100 Engineer Men's 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," Men's Hero Patent 100 Funtasma Red Boot Engineer agent noun from Men's Patent Funtasma 100 Red Engineer Boot Hero amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an 100 Red Boot Engineer Hero Funtasma Patent Men's adjective, by 1838.

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