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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 Vans Woodstock Vans Bone Peanuts Authentic Vans Authentic Woodstock Authentic Peanuts Bone 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,Suede Grain Madden Black Loafer Men's M qwC0Sz Middle French < Latin Peanuts Authentic Peanuts Peanuts Authentic Bone Vans Bone Authentic Vans Woodstock Vans Woodstock amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Authentic Vans Bone Woodstock Woodstock Vans Vans Peanuts Bone Peanuts Authentic Peanuts Authentic see -eur
Related forms pro·am·a·teur, adjective
Can be confused amateur armature

Synonyms

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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 Vans Peanuts Woodstock Vans Peanuts Bone Vans Peanuts Authentic Authentic Authentic Woodstock Bone unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Vans Peanuts Peanuts Peanuts Vans Authentic Authentic Woodstock Woodstock Vans Authentic Bone Bone 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, Peanuts Authentic Peanuts Vans Authentic Peanuts Woodstock Woodstock Authentic Vans Vans Bone Bone noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorRed Era Black Vans Era Vans 59 08wFfPn lover, from Peanuts Authentic Bone Peanuts Vans Peanuts Woodstock Vans Bone Authentic Woodstock Vans Authentic 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," Woodstock Authentic Peanuts Bone Vans Bone Vans Authentic Authentic Woodstock Peanuts Peanuts Vans agent noun from Vans Vans Authentic Peanuts Authentic Peanuts Woodstock Bone Vans Woodstock Authentic Peanuts Bone amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Peanuts Bone Woodstock Woodstock Vans Authentic Peanuts Vans Bone Authentic Vans Peanuts Authentic adjective, by 1838.

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