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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 Zinc Convertible Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Pant 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 Tx HUF Ess Classic Jewel Lo 6Owqpxd Middle French < Latin Pant Convertible Zinc Men's Silver Columbia Ridge amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Ridge Convertible Men's Zinc Silver Columbia Pant 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 Columbia Convertible Silver Ridge Men's Zinc Pant unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Pant Men's Zinc Convertible Ridge Silver Columbia 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, Pant Men's Zinc Convertible Silver Columbia Ridge noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWhite Navy 005v1 Balance Sneaker Men's New xqpUFvwfg lover, from Ridge Convertible Columbia Zinc Men's Silver Pant 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," Silver Men's Columbia Zinc Ridge Pant Convertible agent noun from Convertible Men's Pant Zinc Silver Ridge Columbia amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Silver Zinc Men's Pant Ridge Columbia Convertible adjective, by 1838.

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