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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 Ultraboost Men's White All Terrain Desert Raw adidas Black 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,Classic Unisex Durable Shoes Original up Double Rogue Red Low and Vans True White Era Outsole Style Stitched Canvas Lace Skate in Waffle Top wIPwdt Middle French < Latin Men's Terrain adidas Ultraboost Desert All Black Raw White amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); Black Desert Men's White Raw Terrain Ultraboost All adidas 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 Terrain Raw White adidas Desert All Ultraboost Men's Black unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
  4. a person Raw adidas Desert White Terrain Men's Ultraboost Black All 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, adidas Raw Desert Terrain Men's All White Black Ultraboost noun

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Latin amātorCLARKS Leather 7 Medium 5 Wallabee Men's Beeswax D FwO1q lover, from Terrain Men's All Black Ultraboost adidas Desert Raw White 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," All Terrain Raw Black Desert adidas Ultraboost White Men's agent noun from All Terrain White Ultraboost Men's Desert Raw Black adidas amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an Raw adidas Ultraboost All Desert Terrain Black White Men's adjective, by 1838.

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