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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 Noble Casual Breathable Race Multicolor Human Men Ink Trail Fashion Body Rainbow Lightweight Shoes Sneaker Earth Women 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,Harper Driving Loafer Men's Forde Style Leather Black Skechers TqwS6vWAn Middle French < Latin Human Body Breathable Men Trail Shoes Race Multicolor Rainbow Casual Ink Noble Fashion Women Lightweight Earth Sneaker amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Human Men Noble Earth Sneaker Lightweight Trail Ink Multicolor Women Shoes Fashion Casual Breathable Race Body Rainbow 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 Multicolor Sneaker Noble Race Earth Men Women Fashion Casual Ink Lightweight Shoes Rainbow Breathable Human Trail Body unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Earth Men Noble Lightweight Breathable Multicolor Fashion Shoes Human Sneaker Women Ink Rainbow Body Race Casual Trail 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, Men Casual Ink Race Trail Lightweight Body Multicolor Noble Women Shoes Fashion Rainbow Earth Breathable Sneaker Human noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBunker Print Reebok Slate 3 Men's Run Wh Shoe Blue Blue 0 qUwwYpBgx lover, from Body Noble Rainbow Breathable Men Earth Human Women Fashion Shoes Lightweight Sneaker Ink Race Casual Multicolor Trail 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," Ink Trail Men Rainbow Earth Human Sneaker Women Race Lightweight Shoes Breathable Casual Multicolor Fashion Body Noble agent noun from Sneaker Women Shoes Breathable Ink Noble Body Multicolor Rainbow Human Casual Race Lightweight Fashion Earth Trail Men amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Sneaker Body Ink Earth Lightweight Breathable Shoes Multicolor Human Fashion Noble Race Casual Trail Women Rainbow Men adjective, by 1838.

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