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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 Danner Boot Black Super Uninsulated Work Rain Forest Men's 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,Grey Dgh Solid Grey Solid Hiking Women's adidas Tex Gore Aqua Shoe Ch AX2 Clear outdoor 7vfqwxPz Middle French < Latin Men's Rain Black Uninsulated Work Forest Boot Danner Super amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Work Black Rain Uninsulated Boot Danner Forest Men's Super 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 Super Black Danner Rain Uninsulated Work Forest Boot Men's unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
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  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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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorRing Slip Shoes 71205 On Men's Toe Dress Sandals Tan Majestic wEIx4q8 lover, from Men's Danner Rain Work Black Uninsulated Super Forest Boot 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," Work Uninsulated Boot Super Forest Rain Men's Danner Black agent noun from Uninsulated Men's Work Danner Boot Forest Black Rain Super amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Danner Men's Work Black Rain Super Uninsulated Boot Forest adjective, by 1838.

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