amature vs amateur :

amature or amateur

Most of the words we’ve borrowed from the French that have retained their “-eur” endings are pretty sophisticated, like “restaurateur” (notice, no “N”) and “auteur” (in film criticism), but “amateur” attracts amateurish spelling.

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  • n  someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
  • n  an athlete who does not play for pay
  • s  engaged in as a pastime
    an amateur painter
    gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals
  • s  lacking professional skill or expertise
    a very amateurish job
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