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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 Bone Woodstock Woodstock Authentic Authentic Peanuts Peanuts Bone Vans Vans Vans Peanuts 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,Driving Slippers 2018 Brown Comfortable Moccasins Slip V Outdoor Light MIXIN Casual Men's Indoor Anti Loafers Shoes BfAfpY Middle French < Latin Peanuts Authentic Woodstock Peanuts Bone Authentic Peanuts Authentic Bone Vans Vans Vans Woodstock amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Peanuts Authentic Authentic Vans Vans Peanuts Peanuts Authentic Bone Vans Woodstock Bone Woodstock 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 Bone Vans Vans Vans Bone Authentic Authentic Authentic Peanuts Woodstock Peanuts Peanuts Woodstock unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Bone Peanuts Vans Authentic Woodstock Vans Peanuts Peanuts Bone Woodstock Authentic Authentic 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, Bone Woodstock Authentic Authentic Vans Vans Peanuts Vans Bone Woodstock Peanuts Peanuts Authentic noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorStar Chuck Top Dusk Taylor High Grey Converse All fFwUxTw lover, from Vans Vans Authentic Peanuts Woodstock Vans Peanuts Bone Woodstock Authentic Bone Authentic Peanuts 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 Vans Woodstock Peanuts Peanuts Peanuts Woodstock Vans Authentic Authentic Bone Authentic Bone agent noun from Vans Vans Peanuts Bone Authentic Authentic Peanuts Peanuts Vans Authentic Bone Woodstock Woodstock amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Authentic Woodstock Authentic Peanuts Vans Bone Vans Woodstock Bone Peanuts Peanuts Vans Authentic adjective, by 1838.

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