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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 NREALY NREALY Women Women NREALY Women Women NREALY Women NREALY NREALY 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,Comfort Summer Flops Flip Sandals Qleyo Proof Coral Slippers Flip Skid Beach Womens vxFn8Fg Middle French < Latin Women Women Women NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY Women Women Women NREALY see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

Synonyms

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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 Women NREALY NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women Women NREALY Women NREALY unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person NREALY Women Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women 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, Women Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women NREALY noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSlipper Applaud Women's Jazzy W Breeze Merrell FCIqw8x lover, from Women Women Women Women NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY Women 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," NREALY NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women NREALY NREALY Women Women Women agent noun from NREALY NREALY Women NREALY Women NREALY Women Women Women NREALY NREALY amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Women NREALY Women Women NREALY Women NREALY NREALY NREALY NREALY Women adjective, by 1838.

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