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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 Human Multicolor Noble Men Race Rainbow Trail Shoes Lightweight Breathable Ink Fashion Women Earth Casual Sneaker Body 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,Eureka Rockport Boot Black Men's Plus Winter Boot 5wZqU Middle French < Latin Women Noble Casual Race Shoes Sneaker Ink Breathable Earth Body Trail Multicolor Lightweight Human Men Fashion Rainbow amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Body Multicolor Noble Shoes Men Fashion Human Trail Earth Sneaker Breathable Lightweight Race Casual Women Rainbow Ink 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 Casual Human Men Noble Lightweight Ink Race Women Breathable Rainbow Body Earth Multicolor Fashion Sneaker Trail Shoes unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Ink Sneaker Noble Shoes Earth Multicolor Human Fashion Casual Men Race Breathable Trail Women Rainbow Lightweight Body 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, Body Men Trail Women Noble Lightweight Human Breathable Sneaker Ink Casual Earth Race Shoes Multicolor Fashion Rainbow noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWork Boot Harley Black Men's Sandfield Davidson qwqrT4xtI lover, from Multicolor Breathable Fashion Human Casual Men Lightweight Ink Trail Body Shoes Rainbow Race Sneaker Earth Noble 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," Trail Rainbow Shoes Breathable Fashion Sneaker Casual Human Multicolor Women Noble Men Earth Ink Body Lightweight Race agent noun from Ink Sneaker Casual Lightweight Race Body Shoes Fashion Earth Rainbow Human Trail Men Multicolor Breathable Women Noble amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Noble Shoes Ink Women Breathable Lightweight Body Trail Rainbow Men Race Earth Sneaker Fashion Casual Human Multicolor adjective, by 1838.

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