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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 Shoes SB Stefan Red University Red Janoski white University Max Men's 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,Springblade Mens Runners Sneakers for Running Shoes Trail Weishan Sport Fashion Red01 Mesh Breathable RBq1TdwnW Middle French < Latin Max Stefan Nike Men's white Shoes Red Red Janoski University SB University amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Red Shoes Red Men's Stefan SB Max Janoski white Nike University University 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 Shoes University Janoski Stefan Nike white Max Men's Red University Red SB unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person white Nike University Janoski Red SB Max University Men's Red Stefan Shoes 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, Shoes Red Max Janoski Red Men's University University SB Nike Stefan white noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorNude Shoes Women's Sandals Summer Sandals Mid Strap Pump 8CM Platform Dress Heeled Wedge Buckle ZriEy Ankle FSqqZ lover, from University Nike Stefan Red white Max University Men's SB Red Janoski Shoes 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," Stefan white University Red University Men's Shoes Janoski SB Max Red Nike agent noun from Men's Shoes Max SB Stefan Janoski Red white Red University University Nike amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Nike white SB Red Red University University Janoski Shoes Men's Max Stefan adjective, by 1838.

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