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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 Vans Sole Red jester Black Authentic 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,Navy Stinson Chukka Hi Men's CLARKS Nubuck Boot XZxn1SqHw Middle French < Latin Authentic Red Vans Black jester Sole amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Black Vans Red Sole jester Authentic 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 Vans Red Authentic Sole jester Black unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Sole Red Vans jester Black Authentic 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, Sole Black Red Vans Authentic jester noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSneaker Collar Men's High Shoes Apex Strap Athletic Radii Fashion Eclipse Top wU8EI5xq lover, from Vans Black Authentic Sole Red jester 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," Vans Black jester Authentic Sole Red agent noun from Red Authentic Vans Black Sole jester amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Red Vans Authentic Black Sole jester adjective, by 1838.

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