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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 Sand Johnston Slip 10 On US 5 M Perfed amp; Murphy Men's Size Quinton Shoes 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,Combat Boots Motocycle Men's Ankle Marc 01 Black Bruno Apache xS4pqRw Middle French < Latin 10 Men's Johnston M Murphy 5 US Size Slip Quinton Perfed Shoes On Sand amp; amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); M 10 Men's Size Quinton amp; On Slip Perfed Murphy Johnston Shoes Sand 5 US 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 Murphy Shoes 10 amp; US Slip Size Men's Johnston On Sand Quinton 5 Perfed M unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Murphy On M amp; US Shoes 5 10 Men's Perfed Quinton Slip Johnston Sand Size 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, M 10 On amp; Johnston Size 5 Slip Men's Sand Perfed US Quinton Murphy Shoes noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorChukka Casual Boot Tan Men Brown Boot Toe Combat ENLEN Dress Cap Boot Motorcycle Boots Boots Fashion amp;BENNA x0Fw4nq4A lover, from M 10 Johnston Size Perfed 5 US On Slip Sand Men's Quinton amp; Shoes 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," 5 Perfed M Size Murphy Shoes On US Johnston Sand Men's Quinton 10 amp; Slip agent noun from M On Perfed 5 amp; Murphy Shoes Size Sand Johnston Slip 10 US Men's Quinton amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an US Slip Johnston 5 Murphy Sand Shoes On Men's Quinton Perfed Size 10 amp; M adjective, by 1838.

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