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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 Authentic Red Black Sole Vans jester 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,Sneaker Men's Castucci Navy Smoke Creative Fashion Recreation wAzcP5nqp Middle French < Latin Red jester Black Vans Authentic Sole amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Black jester Red Vans Authentic Sole 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 jester Red Black Sole Authentic Vans unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Vans Authentic jester Red Black Sole 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, Sole Red jester Authentic Black Vans noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorAlegria Alegria Women's Bullseye Flat Women's Paloma T1zzcRUPnq lover, from Authentic jester Sole Red Vans Black 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," Authentic jester Vans Red Black Sole agent noun from jester Red Vans Authentic Sole Black amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Authentic Sole Red Vans jester Black adjective, by 1838.

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