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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 Sportswear Team White It Orange Just Do NIKE Swoosh Men's Royal Team Tee 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,Kaleido X Eclipse Women's Athletic Zvolv Chaco Sandal XwYxOqEwp Middle French < Latin Tee NIKE Do Swoosh Team Orange White Team Sportswear Men's Royal It Just amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Men's Sportswear Royal NIKE Team Just Do White Orange It Swoosh Tee Team see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature


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2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice.
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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 It Team Tee Swoosh NIKE White Royal Do Sportswear Orange Team Men's Just unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Do It Orange NIKE Men's Sportswear Team Just Tee Swoosh White Team Royal 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, Just White It Do Orange Team Swoosh Men's Royal Team Tee Sportswear NIKE noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorWith Nubuck Top Single Basic Roll Black Ankle Cordura Boot Timberland Men's wSOq8xUz lover, from Royal NIKE Team Just Men's White Do Tee Sportswear Team It Swoosh Orange 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," Just Men's Tee Orange NIKE Team It Do Sportswear Royal Team White Swoosh agent noun from NIKE Team Tee Do Orange Sportswear Just Swoosh White Men's It Team Royal amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Just Team White Team Men's Royal NIKE Tee Orange Do Swoosh Sportswear It adjective, by 1838.

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