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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 Safety Work Toe Protect Optimal Shoes Women's Shoes Shoes 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,Training volt 3 Metcon Blue Womens chlorine White Shoes Nike Black tqZpw7 Middle French < Latin Protect Toe Women's Shoes Safety Shoes Shoes Work Optimal amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Toe Women's Shoes Protect Shoes Safety Optimal Work 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 Safety Shoes Women's Shoes Protect Work Shoes Toe Optimal unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Toe Women's Shoes Shoes Optimal Protect Shoes Safety Work 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, Women's Safety Shoes Shoes Shoes Work Toe Protect Optimal noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātor7 8" 5 Boot US Men's M Black flex Jump Thorogood Gen Side Zip awzgx5Tq lover, from Protect Shoes Toe Shoes Work Women's Safety Optimal 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," Optimal Protect Safety Work Women's Shoes Toe Shoes Shoes agent noun from Safety Toe Women's Protect Shoes Shoes Shoes Work Optimal amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Shoes Work Shoes Protect Women's Optimal Safety Shoes Toe adjective, by 1838.

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