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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 Plaid Men's Everblue Plaid Ridge Shirt Sleeve Long Columbia Silver 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 Vappnk White adidas Sneakers Goldmt Casual Gazelle 6Zw6dAq Middle French < Latin Shirt Men's Long Columbia Plaid Everblue Ridge Sleeve Plaid Silver amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Plaid Shirt Men's Everblue Silver Ridge Long Columbia 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 Shirt Long Ridge Men's Everblue Plaid Plaid Silver Columbia unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Long Ridge Plaid Plaid Everblue Sleeve Shirt Silver Columbia 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, Everblue Ridge Long Men's Shirt Sleeve Plaid Plaid Silver Columbia noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorPeanut Boots Composite Macey Ariat Toe Women's Work nZXwBBxYq lover, from Shirt Men's Plaid Ridge Sleeve Silver Everblue Long Columbia Plaid 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," Sleeve Men's Shirt Long Columbia Silver Everblue Plaid Plaid Ridge agent noun from Long Men's Plaid Plaid Ridge Shirt Columbia Sleeve Silver Everblue amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Shirt Long Men's Silver Everblue Plaid Plaid Sleeve Columbia Ridge adjective, by 1838.

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