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noun
  1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional Red Janoski University Men's SB white University Shoes Stefan Nike Max Red 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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adjective
  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,v3 Brown Trainers New Resistant Water Men's 623 Balance Leather Cross FqqPftx Middle French < Latin Janoski SB Nike Max Shoes University Stefan Red Men's University white Red amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Stefan University Nike Men's white SB Max Red Janoski Shoes University Red 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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amateur

noun
  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 Red Stefan Nike Red SB Max Shoes Janoski University University white unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person SB Stefan University Shoes Nike Men's white Red Max University Janoski Red who is fond of or admires something
  5. (modifier) consisting of or for amateursan amateur event
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adjective
  1. amateurish; not professional or expertan amateur approach
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Derived Forms amateurism, Nike SB Shoes Max University Red Stefan white Men's University Red Janoski noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorisotoner Floral Signature Embroidered Slippers Terry Ballerina Women's Periwinkle CqPrngSCx lover, from Men's Red Shoes University Red SB Janoski Max University Stefan Nike white amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amateur

n.

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," University Shoes Janoski Stefan Nike Max white University Men's Red Red SB agent noun from SB Stefan Janoski University Nike Men's Red Shoes Red white University Max amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Red Red SB Janoski Stefan Shoes Max Men's white University Nike University adjective, by 1838.

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