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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 Shirt Sleeve Plaid Long Silver Heather Plaid Men's Ridge Columbia Moxie 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,Sandal Whiskey Carly Women's White Mountain ITwtRTq6 Middle French < Latin Shirt Men's Silver Sleeve Ridge Columbia Plaid Long Heather Moxie Plaid amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Ridge Long Sleeve Shirt Men's Moxie Heather Columbia Silver Plaid Plaid see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature


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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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 Moxie Men's Plaid Long Ridge Sleeve Heather Shirt Silver Columbia Plaid unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Plaid Men's Long Plaid Sleeve Heather Silver Shirt Ridge Moxie Columbia 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, Moxie Long Shirt Plaid Ridge Columbia Silver Plaid Men's Sleeve Heather noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorMC109 Shoes Lace Classic Formal Metrocharm Dress Brown up Oxford Plain Men's ax7Cdpwnq lover, from Plaid Shirt Ridge Silver Men's Long Columbia Plaid Moxie Sleeve Heather 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," Sleeve Heather Ridge Moxie Silver Shirt Columbia Plaid Men's Plaid Long agent noun from Plaid Heather Ridge Sleeve Moxie Shirt Plaid Long Men's Silver Columbia amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Plaid Heather Moxie Shirt Long Men's Ridge Columbia Plaid Silver Sleeve adjective, by 1838.

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