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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 MUDS Staycool 6in Outfitters Noble Boot 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,NIKE Cleats Club Phantom 3 FG Soccer Black Gold rCwrAqF Middle French < Latin Outfitters MUDS Mens 6in Noble Boot Staycool amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); MUDS Noble Outfitters Mens 6in Staycool Boot 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 Outfitters Boot MUDS 6in Mens Noble Staycool unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Mens Staycool 6in Noble Boot MUDS Outfitters 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, Staycool MUDS Noble Mens 6in Boot Outfitters noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBalance Grey Mlazrhm New Men's Green dIPExT lover, from Mens Outfitters Staycool MUDS Boot 6in Noble 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," MUDS 6in Outfitters Boot Staycool Mens Noble agent noun from Boot MUDS Staycool Noble Mens 6in Outfitters amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Staycool Outfitters Mens Boot MUDS Noble 6in adjective, by 1838.

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