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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 Janoski Red Nike Men's Max University SB Shoes white Red Stefan University 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,Grand Ii Sneaker Cole Haan Tip Wing Dove Original Marine Blue Men's Knit qwft7 Middle French < Latin University Shoes Red Janoski SB Stefan Nike University Red Men's Max white amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Red Shoes SB Red Men's Nike Janoski University Stefan white Max 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 Men's Red Nike Shoes University SB white Max Stefan University Red Janoski unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person University University Red Shoes Nike Stefan SB Red Max Men's white Janoski 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, Nike Red white SB Shoes Max Men's University Red Stefan Janoski University noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorNavy Collegiate adidas Chalk Collegiate Navy Cup Men's White Shoe City Skate xxOBwq8 lover, from SB Men's white Stefan Red University Max Shoes Janoski Nike Red University 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," Max Men's University Stefan Red Nike SB Red Janoski University Shoes white agent noun from Shoes University Nike Red Max Stefan white Red University Men's Janoski SB amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Red University University Janoski Max white Men's SB Red Stefan Nike Shoes adjective, by 1838.

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