Amador vs Amante – Differences

I always found the word ‘amador’ to be interesting because of its makeup, ‘ama’ and ‘dor’, which to me means someone who loves something. Technically, that’s what it means but then again, one might easily confuse this with ‘amante’ (lover). Below, I’ll explain the differences.

Amador (m/f) – amateur, dilettante; dabbler; lover.

Ex. Sou fotógrafo amador.
Ex. I am an amateur photographer.

Amante (m/f) – lover (usually in an intimate context)

Ex. Sou amante dela.
Ex. I’m her lover.