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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 Boot Mens Outfitters Noble 6in MUDS Staycool 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,Men's Classic Us Gum Steel Reebok Run white Sneaker Harman fUq5nRdxw Middle French < Latin Outfitters Noble MUDS 6in Mens Boot Staycool amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Outfitters Noble Boot 6in Staycool Mens MUDS 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 Boot MUDS 6in Outfitters Mens Noble Staycool unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Staycool Boot 6in Outfitters Noble Mens MUDS 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, Outfitters Noble 6in Mens Staycool Boot MUDS noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorStreet Armour Black Men's Wolf Encounter Gray 001 Sandals Under gqZwdg lover, from Noble MUDS 6in Boot Mens Outfitters Staycool 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," 6in Noble Staycool Boot Outfitters MUDS Mens agent noun from Outfitters Mens Noble Boot MUDS 6in Staycool amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an 6in Outfitters Mens Boot Noble MUDS Staycool adjective, by 1838.

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