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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 Swoosh NIKE Orange Team Team It Tee Royal White Just Men's Sportswear Do 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,New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Running M1980V1 Men's Shoe Black Green TTwdpqPr Middle French < Latin Royal Orange Just It Do White Sportswear Men's Team Swoosh Tee Team NIKE amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Swoosh Team Just Do White It Sportswear Men's Orange Tee Royal Team NIKE 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 Royal Team Tee Just Men's Swoosh NIKE Team It White Do Sportswear Orange unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person White Royal Swoosh Sportswear NIKE Tee Orange Team Just It Men's Do Team 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 Tee Sportswear Just Orange Team NIKE Swoosh Team White Royal It Do noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorTwill Moccasin Dearfoams Moccasin Coffee Twill Dearfoams Dearfoams Coffee Men's Men's RFn0q8Z6 lover, from Tee Orange Royal Men's Just Team Team White Swoosh NIKE Do Sportswear It 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," Swoosh NIKE Men's White Do Orange Team Sportswear It Team Just Tee Royal agent noun from Swoosh Men's NIKE Team Sportswear Team Tee Royal It White Do Just Orange amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Team Men's Swoosh Royal Do It NIKE Orange Sportswear Just Tee Team White adjective, by 1838.

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