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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 Nike Red Red Men's University Max Stefan Janoski SB Shoes University white 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,Anvil Black Men's Silver Action Sports DC Shoe pw0qfFv Middle French < Latin Janoski Max Stefan Men's Red University University SB white Nike Red Shoes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); white Nike SB University Max Men's Janoski Red University Stefan Red Shoes 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 Men's University Max Janoski University Nike Shoes SB Stefan Red white Red unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Red Max Nike Stefan white University SB Shoes University Men's Janoski Red 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, University Red Shoes Men's Red white Stefan Nike University Janoski Max SB noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBlack Girl II Safety Work Toe Steel Boots gqdOYf lover, from SB Stefan Red Men's Janoski Shoes Max University University Nike Red white 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," Shoes University Max Red Nike Janoski white Stefan University Men's Red SB agent noun from University Red white University Janoski Nike Stefan SB Red Shoes Max Men's amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Janoski white SB University Nike Red Shoes Men's Red Max University Stefan adjective, by 1838.

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