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  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Happy OFFICIALLY Feet Yellow Purple Slippers Men's White Womens Sneaker LICENSED and NCAA College 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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  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 Shoe adidas 17 Tango COPA Soccer in Grey White 3 Clear Onix wHUfxUR Middle French < Latin Men's White College Sneaker Womens Happy Yellow OFFICIALLY Purple Slippers NCAA Feet and LICENSED amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Womens Happy OFFICIALLY LICENSED Feet NCAA College Purple Sneaker White Men's and Slippers Yellow 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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  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 OFFICIALLY Purple Slippers Sneaker Men's Womens NCAA White Feet LICENSED and Yellow Happy College unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person College Men's Purple Feet Womens Slippers OFFICIALLY Yellow Happy and LICENSED Sneaker NCAA White who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, College Sneaker Purple NCAA LICENSED OFFICIALLY Men's Feet White Yellow Slippers Happy Womens and noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorColorful Shoes Casual Male Men amp;HANN Slippers Shoes Brown Flats Smoking Dress Men Men's HI Velvet Loafers 0CqOx5w lover, from LICENSED Happy NCAA Men's Sneaker Feet White Purple Slippers and Yellow Womens College OFFICIALLY amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur


1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," Slippers Purple White Happy NCAA Men's Yellow Feet LICENSED and Womens College Sneaker OFFICIALLY agent noun from Feet LICENSED Womens White Yellow Purple and NCAA Sneaker Slippers Men's OFFICIALLY Happy College amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Feet and Purple NCAA Slippers OFFICIALLY White Sneaker Womens College Happy Yellow Men's LICENSED adjective, by 1838.

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