Where does the word “amateur” come from and What does amateur mean in Latin?

Though the word “amateur” was derived from Latin amator, “a lover,” the French gave it a slight alteration in sense, which we have adopted, “a lover or devotee of an art, pastime, sport, or the like.”

And, nowadays, we have even extended the sense to include one who is a dabbler or tyro, one without training in an art, sport, or skill, but who enjoys its activity.

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