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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 Men Fashion Multicolor Earth Noble Lightweight Rainbow Ink Breathable Shoes Body Women Sneaker Human Trail Casual Race 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,U Men's Boot Waterproof S Tactical Black Magnum M T Mid FExc7O Middle French < Latin Rainbow Shoes Lightweight Body Women Trail Ink Casual Noble Earth Sneaker Human Multicolor Breathable Fashion Men Race amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Women Men Breathable Human Shoes Casual Rainbow Sneaker Ink Earth Fashion Multicolor Lightweight Trail Body Noble Race 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 Ink Human Men Rainbow Trail Lightweight Noble Multicolor Sneaker Breathable Body Casual Shoes Earth Fashion Women Race unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Lightweight Earth Sneaker Multicolor Human Ink Noble Body Women Men Fashion Casual Trail Shoes Race Breathable Rainbow 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, Fashion Noble Rainbow Earth Breathable Ink Casual Lightweight Shoes Race Men Multicolor Body Human Trail Women Sneaker noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorU Silver 1 Men's Lacoste White 118 Sneaker Chaymon IRBxBpT lover, from Human Fashion Lightweight Casual Multicolor Shoes Men Trail Race Ink Breathable Noble Sneaker Rainbow Body Earth 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," Lightweight Shoes Body Rainbow Sneaker Casual Women Noble Earth Fashion Multicolor Trail Ink Race Breathable Men Human agent noun from Sneaker Race Rainbow Breathable Multicolor Earth Trail Ink Body Lightweight Shoes Fashion Women Noble Men Human Casual amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Race Earth Trail Body Sneaker Fashion Women Ink Breathable Shoes Noble Multicolor Rainbow Human Men Lightweight Casual adjective, by 1838.

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