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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 Shoes Safety Women's Optimal Shoes Protect Shoes Work Toe 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,Vionic Tan Preston Astor Men's Loafer P0rwPYq Middle French < Latin Safety Shoes Protect Shoes Optimal Toe Women's Shoes Work amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Protect Safety Shoes Shoes Optimal Toe Work Women's Shoes 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 Shoes Safety Shoes Toe Protect Women's Work Shoes Optimal unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Safety Protect Optimal Women's Toe Shoes Work Shoes Shoes 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, Work Protect Shoes Safety Shoes Shoes Toe Optimal Women's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBlack Slippers FERUCCI Tassel Men Flat Handmade Loafers with Smoking Velvet RgRBnOwq lover, from Optimal Safety Shoes Women's Protect Toe Work Shoes Shoes 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," Safety Work Shoes Shoes Women's Shoes Optimal Protect Toe agent noun from Work Optimal Shoes Protect Women's Shoes Safety Shoes Toe amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Shoes Work Toe Shoes Shoes Safety Women's Protect Optimal adjective, by 1838.

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