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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 Authentic Vans Ashes True Blue White 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,Yoga Exercise Pool Barefoot and Womens Swim Aqua Starblack Shoes Mens Beach Socks AoSiFu Water Surf for Y0Bqd4vq Middle French < Latin Authentic Vans Blue White True Ashes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); White Authentic Blue Vans Ashes True 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 Authentic White Vans Ashes True Blue unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person White Vans Ashes True Authentic Blue 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, Vans Blue White Ashes True Authentic noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorSmoking Leo Slippers Mens Bolano on Dress Two Grey Cheetah Nightclub Slip Print Tone Style Shoes Patent zYw06wqd lover, from Authentic True Vans White Ashes Blue 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," Authentic White Ashes True Vans Blue agent noun from Ashes White Authentic True Vans Blue amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Blue Authentic Ashes White Vans True adjective, by 1838.

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