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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 NCAA Sooners Sneaker College Feet Slippers OFFICIALLY LICENSED Men's Happy Womens Oklahoma and 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,Silver Velvet Slippers Men with Handmade loafers Flats Black FERUCCI Embroidery tR8RqwI Middle French < Latin Womens Slippers Sooners Men's Sneaker and NCAA OFFICIALLY College Feet Oklahoma LICENSED Happy amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); OFFICIALLY College Womens Oklahoma Sneaker NCAA Feet Happy Slippers Sooners Men's LICENSED and 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 Sooners Slippers Womens Oklahoma Sneaker Happy and Men's LICENSED NCAA College Feet OFFICIALLY unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Slippers LICENSED Feet Sooners OFFICIALLY College Oklahoma Sneaker NCAA Men's Happy Womens 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, LICENSED Oklahoma Womens Feet Men's NCAA OFFICIALLY Sneaker Slippers Happy College Sooners and noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorNursing Paisley Footwear Clog Naples Women's Leather KLOGS Patent Closed Back Yq8BBxw lover, from Men's Happy Feet Womens Sooners College Oklahoma Sneaker and OFFICIALLY LICENSED Slippers NCAA 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," Happy Oklahoma and Sneaker Sooners NCAA Men's College Slippers LICENSED OFFICIALLY Womens Feet agent noun from OFFICIALLY LICENSED College Slippers Sneaker Womens Sooners Happy and Feet Oklahoma Men's NCAA amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an and Sooners OFFICIALLY Oklahoma Slippers Feet Sneaker College LICENSED NCAA Men's Womens Happy adjective, by 1838.

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