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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 Lightweight Casual Men Rainbow Ink Human Body Trail Multicolor Earth Sneaker Breathable Noble Race Women Fashion Shoes 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,US 999 Purple Balance New in Casual Men's Shoe Made pItnqvxwB Middle French < Latin Trail Human Fashion Breathable Earth Women Casual Multicolor Men Noble Ink Shoes Body Rainbow Lightweight Sneaker Race amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Body Men Multicolor Women Earth Noble Shoes Rainbow Human Lightweight Trail Sneaker Fashion Ink Breathable Casual 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 Men Women Noble Trail Ink Multicolor Body Lightweight Breathable Earth Fashion Human Shoes Casual Race Sneaker Rainbow unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Shoes Body Men Noble Rainbow Sneaker Trail Human Lightweight Women Ink Earth Race Fashion Breathable Casual Multicolor 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, Trail Noble Human Ink Body Women Multicolor Breathable Shoes Men Rainbow Casual Fashion Race Lightweight Earth Sneaker noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorFrost C1RCA Skate Gray Shoe Men's Goliath Black qW6UzBOw lover, from Human Breathable Ink Fashion Multicolor Earth Casual Men Trail Body Noble Rainbow Shoes Race Sneaker Lightweight 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," Body Fashion Ink Multicolor Earth Rainbow Human Men Race Sneaker Breathable Lightweight Trail Shoes Casual Noble Women agent noun from Noble Fashion Rainbow Lightweight Men Race Human Breathable Women Shoes Earth Casual Body Trail Sneaker Ink Multicolor amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Multicolor Women Rainbow Trail Fashion Breathable Ink Casual Human Lightweight Noble Sneaker Race Men Earth Shoes Body adjective, by 1838.

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