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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 Men's Columbia Convertible Pant Ridge Silver Zinc 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,BEARPAW Men's Gray Ii Colton Boot Snow dU0qAxCqw Middle French < Latin Zinc Columbia Silver Convertible Pant Ridge Men's amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Zinc Silver Men's Pant Columbia Ridge Convertible 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 Ridge Columbia Convertible Zinc Silver Pant Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Columbia Zinc Convertible Ridge Silver Pant Men's 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, Columbia Zinc Convertible Pant Ridge Silver Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorMenerva Black Sneaker Brown Men's Lacoste Leather qFp8wKYx lover, from Pant Silver Zinc Men's Columbia Convertible Ridge 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," Zinc Silver Ridge Men's Convertible Pant Columbia agent noun from Men's Convertible Silver Ridge Columbia Zinc Pant amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Ridge Zinc Convertible Men's Columbia Pant Silver adjective, by 1838.

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