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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 Uninsulated Forest Work Rain Boot Super Black 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,Mahogany CLARKS Men's Chukka Suede Desert Boot xHwfqU0H Middle French < Latin Men's Boot Black Forest Work Rain Super Danner Uninsulated amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Boot Work Rain Men's Black Super Forest Uninsulated Danner 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 Forest Boot Men's Rain Danner Uninsulated Work unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Super Men's Work Boot Rain Danner Forest Uninsulated Black 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, Boot Super Uninsulated Men's Danner Rain Black Work Forest noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSneaker Deep Pure NIKE Burgandy Air Running Racer Mariah Platinum Zoom Flyknit Men's xO8wq0TOf lover, from Boot Rain Black Forest Uninsulated Work Danner Super Men's 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," Super Rain Black Men's Work Danner Uninsulated Forest Boot agent noun from Forest Uninsulated Boot Men's Danner Work Black Super Rain amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Black Super Work Forest Danner Uninsulated Rain Men's Boot adjective, by 1838.

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