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amateur

[am-uh-choo r, -cher, -ter, am-uh-tur] /ˈæm əˌtʃʊər, -tʃər, -tər, ˌæm əˈtɜr/
noun
1.
a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional 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.
adjective
5.
characteristic of or engaged in by an amateur; nonprofessional:
an amateur painter; amateur tennis.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French, Middle French < Latin amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tor -tor, replaced by French -teur (< Latin -tōr-, oblique stem of -tor); see -eur
Related forms
proamateur, adjective
Can be confused
amateur, armature.
Synonyms
2. nonprofessional. 3. dilettante, tyro, novice.
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British Dictionary definitions for proamateur

amateur

/ˈæmətə; -tʃə; -ˌtjʊə; ˌæməˈtɜː/
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 unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity
4.
a person who is fond of or admires something
5.
(modifier) consisting of or for amateurs: an amateur event
adjective
6.
amateurish; not professional or expert: an amateur approach
Derived Forms
amateurism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin amātor lover, from amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for proamateur

amateur

n.

1784, "one who has a taste for (something)," from French amateur "lover of," from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) "lover," agent noun from amatus, past participle of amare "to love" (see Amy). Meaning "dabbler" (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an adjective, by 1838.

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