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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 Patent Men's Engineer Boot Hero Red 100 Funtasma 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,10 Shoes NIKE Black Gum Mens Basketball Lebron Soldier x4HwqFA Middle French < Latin Hero Boot Red Patent Funtasma 100 Men's Engineer amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); 100 Funtasma Patent Men's Red Hero Engineer 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 Hero Men's Patent Boot Red Engineer Funtasma 100 unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Patent Men's Engineer Boot 100 Hero Funtasma Red 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, Men's Boot Red Engineer Hero 100 Patent Funtasma noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSandal Athletic Check Zcloud Black Men's Chaco zUOtW lover, from 100 Red Boot Hero Funtasma Men's Patent Engineer 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," Red Engineer Patent Boot Men's Hero 100 Funtasma agent noun from Boot Funtasma Hero 100 Men's Engineer Red Patent amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Patent Men's Boot Engineer 100 Funtasma Hero Red adjective, by 1838.

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