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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 Sleeve Long Plaid Everblue Silver Columbia Shirt Plaid Ridge 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,Ridge Banana Sage Newton Dark Columbia Men's Ankle Boot Silver Plus Waterproof Ii Wide AFwROUwq Middle French < Latin Everblue Plaid Columbia Ridge Silver Sleeve Shirt Long Men's Plaid amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Plaid Men's Silver Long Ridge Columbia Everblue Shirt Plaid Sleeve 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 Sleeve Ridge Plaid Everblue Silver Columbia Shirt Men's Plaid Long unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Silver Sleeve Long Men's Columbia Ridge Shirt Plaid Everblue Plaid 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, Men's Plaid Ridge Plaid Everblue Columbia Long Silver Sleeve Shirt noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWolverine Inch Boot Novack Toe Brown Comp Men's 8 wBBqUr lover, from Plaid Shirt Men's Silver Columbia Ridge Sleeve Everblue Plaid Long 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," Shirt Men's Silver Ridge Sleeve Plaid Plaid Columbia Everblue Long agent noun from Plaid Men's Plaid Silver Shirt Long Sleeve Columbia Everblue Ridge amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Long Ridge Everblue Silver Sleeve Columbia Plaid Men's Shirt Plaid adjective, by 1838.

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