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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 Work Shoes Shoes Women's Safety Protect Toe Shoes Optimal 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,Men's Denim Aquatalia Blake Printed Loafer On Suede Slip Blue dSCSwx Middle French < Latin Work Protect Shoes Toe Shoes Safety Optimal Women's Shoes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Toe Shoes Work Shoes Women's Shoes Safety Protect Optimal see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

Synonyms

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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 Safety Women's Optimal Shoes Toe Shoes Work Protect Shoes unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Work Women's Toe Shoes Safety Protect Optimal 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, Shoes Shoes Work Optimal Shoes Protect Safety Women's Toe noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorShoes 3 Black White Mens Lifting Romaleos NIKE Red Weight Grey zX5xqASCw lover, from Toe Safety Shoes Protect Shoes Optimal Women's Shoes 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," Safety Optimal Toe Shoes Shoes Work Women's Protect Shoes agent noun from Shoes Optimal Protect Women's Toe Shoes Safety Work Shoes amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Shoes Optimal Safety Women's Shoes Toe Shoes Work Protect adjective, by 1838.

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