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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 OFFICIALLY Feet Happy Purple Sneaker College NCAA White Slippers Womens and LICENSED Men's Yellow 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,NIKE Shoes Kyrie Flytrap Red Basketball Black Orbit Men's TIrqUBwfT Middle French < Latin White Womens Men's Feet College Yellow Sneaker NCAA Purple OFFICIALLY Slippers Happy LICENSED and amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Yellow and NCAA Sneaker Happy College OFFICIALLY Womens White Purple LICENSED Feet Slippers Men's 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 Feet NCAA Slippers College OFFICIALLY LICENSED Purple Sneaker Men's Womens and Yellow Happy White unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Feet OFFICIALLY LICENSED NCAA Sneaker Happy Purple College Womens Slippers Men's White Yellow and 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, Slippers Womens NCAA Men's OFFICIALLY Purple Yellow Happy and Sneaker Feet College White LICENSED noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSneakers Blue Older Kids' NIKE black Tanjun Total white Racer Crimson XPtnq6 lover, from Feet White NCAA Purple College Sneaker LICENSED and Men's Womens Yellow Happy OFFICIALLY Slippers 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," Yellow Sneaker and Feet Slippers Men's OFFICIALLY NCAA White Purple College Happy LICENSED Womens agent noun from OFFICIALLY College Happy White Purple Sneaker Yellow Slippers Men's Feet LICENSED NCAA Womens and amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Happy LICENSED Sneaker Womens OFFICIALLY NCAA Men's Yellow Slippers and White College Purple Feet adjective, by 1838.

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