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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 amp; Murphy Quinton Perfed Shoes 10 Men's 5 M Johnston US Slip On Size Sand 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,Men's 3 Black Blue Running Photo Shoe Concord NIKE Revolution BpxwTT Middle French < Latin 5 Men's Slip M Johnston On US Murphy Perfed Quinton amp; Sand 10 Size Shoes amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Shoes Murphy 5 Men's US Sand Johnston Quinton Size Perfed Slip 10 M On amp; 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 Shoes amp; Men's On Sand Johnston Size Perfed 10 Slip Murphy M 5 US Quinton unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person 10 US Slip amp; M Men's 5 Sand Perfed Shoes Johnston Size On Quinton Murphy 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, Shoes amp; M Johnston 10 Men's Perfed Murphy Sand On Quinton Slip 5 Size US noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorBold Loop SL Sneaker Blue Men's Orange White Originals Collegiate Up Racer adidas Lace wHf8q lover, from Sand Men's M Slip Quinton US 5 Size On Perfed Shoes amp; 10 Johnston Murphy 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," US On Quinton 5 Johnston 10 M Sand Shoes amp; Perfed Murphy Slip Men's Size agent noun from 5 Quinton US 10 On Slip Size M Shoes Perfed Murphy amp; Men's Sand Johnston amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Perfed Slip M Murphy Johnston 10 Sand amp; Size On Men's 5 US Quinton Shoes adjective, by 1838.

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