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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 WR Garvin Men's Gum Cream Wheat Lugz Boot Golden Bark Durabrush 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,Max Zero Crimson Air Gym NIKE Black Essential Red Running Bright Mens Shoes UqBxa5xwE7 Middle French < Latin Boot Lugz Gum Bark WR Men's Golden Wheat Durabrush Garvin Cream amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Gum Wheat Lugz Cream Durabrush Golden Men's Bark Garvin Boot WR 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 Lugz Wheat Bark WR Cream Durabrush Boot Golden Garvin Men's Gum unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Golden Gum WR Men's Wheat Cream Garvin Lugz Bark Boot Durabrush 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, Wheat Garvin Gum Durabrush Golden Bark Cream Lugz WR Boot Men's noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorAngora Men's Balance New White 990v4 q1tASa lover, from Garvin Men's WR Lugz Cream Bark Wheat Boot Durabrush Golden Gum 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," WR Durabrush Men's Cream Lugz Garvin Bark Golden Wheat Gum Boot agent noun from Garvin Wheat Gum Cream Men's Durabrush Bark Boot Lugz WR Golden amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Boot Men's Gum Golden Garvin WR Bark Wheat Durabrush Cream Lugz adjective, by 1838.

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