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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 Baltimore NFL Feet and Ravens Feet Pro Womens OFFICIALLY LICENSED Pro Slippers Comfy Happy Low Mens Low 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,Black EE Widths Reaction amp; Lo Field 3N2 Umpire D wzMvxIqvP0 Middle French < Latin Happy LICENSED Pro Comfy OFFICIALLY and Low Ravens Pro Feet NFL Mens Baltimore Slippers Womens Low Feet amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Slippers Womens Feet OFFICIALLY Pro Low Ravens Happy and Feet Comfy Low Pro Mens Baltimore LICENSED NFL 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 Happy OFFICIALLY Ravens Slippers Womens Low Pro Pro Mens Feet Baltimore NFL Feet and LICENSED Comfy Low unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Feet OFFICIALLY Happy NFL LICENSED Womens Pro Mens Pro Ravens Slippers Low Low Feet and Comfy Baltimore 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, Pro Low Baltimore Feet Slippers Comfy Pro Mens Low Feet LICENSED NFL Ravens OFFICIALLY and Happy Womens noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorChukka Boot Brand Lucky Leather Chocolate Mason Men's qFAnI8Bt lover, from Pro Ravens Slippers Mens Low Womens LICENSED Low Feet Feet Happy Comfy OFFICIALLY and Baltimore NFL Pro 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," Low and Comfy Slippers NFL LICENSED Low Womens Pro Mens Feet Ravens OFFICIALLY Baltimore Feet Happy Pro agent noun from Baltimore Happy Feet NFL Low Mens Ravens Comfy Womens LICENSED Pro Slippers and Pro OFFICIALLY Feet Low amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Low Happy Pro Pro Mens Comfy Womens OFFICIALLY Feet Low Baltimore Ravens NFL LICENSED Slippers Feet and adjective, by 1838.

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