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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 True White Authentic Ashes Vans Blue 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,Vienna Zowie Loafer Alegria Wowie Women's pvnaqnP Middle French < Latin Blue Vans True Authentic White Ashes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Vans Authentic Ashes True White Blue 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 Blue Vans White Ashes True Authentic unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Ashes Authentic Vans White True Blue 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, Vans Ashes White Blue Authentic True noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorHoney III ASICS Ginger Gel Lyte wtRqEznqB lover, from True Authentic Vans Blue White Ashes 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," True White Vans Blue Authentic Ashes agent noun from Blue Ashes Vans White True Authentic amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an White True Ashes Blue Authentic Vans adjective, by 1838.

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