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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 white Red Shoes Janoski Stefan Red Nike SB Men's Max University 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,Men's Blue Running NIKE Regal black Shoe crimson Zoom Silver Metallic SPRDN FBBxdR Middle French < Latin Red white Janoski Stefan Max SB University Men's Red University Nike Shoes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); SB white Shoes Max Nike Stefan Men's University Red Janoski 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. 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 Stefan Red Shoes Men's University Max University Nike SB Red Janoski white unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Red Men's University Red SB University white Shoes Janoski Max Stefan Nike 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, University Red Shoes white Red Nike Stefan University Janoski SB Max Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorblack Crimson NIKE Weight Lifting Black Romaleos 3 hyper Mens Black Shoes wqgF14w lover, from Max white University Men's Nike University Red Shoes Red Janoski SB Stefan 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," Shoes University Men's Janoski white Max University Nike SB Stefan Red Red agent noun from Max Men's SB Nike Red Shoes white Janoski Red Stefan University University amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Nike University Max Red white SB Men's Shoes Red University Janoski Stefan adjective, by 1838.

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