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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 Flop NCAA Razorbacks Arkansas Happy Womens Feet Comfy College and LICENSED OFFICIALLY Mens 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,Sandal Slip Unisex Shower Anti Gray Slippers Shoes Yiomxhi slippers Walking Comfort EqP8xwEH Middle French < Latin Razorbacks LICENSED College Happy Mens NCAA and Womens OFFICIALLY Flop Comfy Feet Arkansas amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Comfy NCAA Razorbacks Womens College Feet Flop and Happy Mens LICENSED Arkansas OFFICIALLY 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 Arkansas College Comfy LICENSED Flop and Womens Feet OFFICIALLY Happy Mens NCAA Razorbacks unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Comfy Razorbacks LICENSED Womens Flop Happy OFFICIALLY Mens Feet NCAA Arkansas College and 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, Flop OFFICIALLY Comfy Mens NCAA and College Razorbacks Feet Happy LICENSED Arkansas Womens noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorPile Frost Slipper X Pom Women's Slide with Grey Band Dearfoams 1tAzxq7 lover, from OFFICIALLY Flop LICENSED Razorbacks Comfy NCAA Happy Feet Arkansas Womens and Mens College 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," and Flop Happy NCAA Comfy LICENSED Razorbacks Womens Mens Feet Arkansas OFFICIALLY College agent noun from OFFICIALLY and Happy College Mens Flop Razorbacks Feet Womens Comfy LICENSED NCAA Arkansas amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Happy LICENSED and Arkansas Mens College Womens Feet Razorbacks Flop OFFICIALLY Comfy NCAA adjective, by 1838.

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