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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 Vans Authentic Vans Authentic Pink Pink Authentic Pink Vans 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,Flat Melissa Heeled Teen White Sale School Back to Sandals Assorted Girls Colors Flat Jelly amp; Women qfF6tqX1 Middle French < Latin Authentic Pink Authentic Vans Pink Vans Vans Authentic Pink amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Vans Vans Pink Vans Authentic Pink Authentic Authentic Pink 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 Vans Pink Pink Authentic Authentic Pink Vans Authentic Vans unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Authentic Pink Authentic Pink Authentic Vans Pink Vans Vans 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, Vans Authentic Pink Authentic Pink Vans Pink Authentic Vans noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorClassic Dress Gold Shoes Rhinestone On SPK12 Sparkle Patent Vintage Slip Dress Tuxedo Loafers Fashion Designer Men's Shoes Toe TaqaA18OU lover, from Vans Pink Vans Authentic Pink Authentic Authentic Pink Vans 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," Vans Pink Pink Authentic Pink Vans Vans Authentic Authentic agent noun from Authentic Authentic Authentic Pink Pink Pink Vans Vans Vans amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Pink Authentic Vans Pink Authentic Vans Authentic Vans Pink adjective, by 1838.

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