aficionado


afi·cio·na·do

noun \ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō, -fē-, -sē-ə-\

: a person who likes and knows a lot about something

plural afi·cio·na·dos

Full Definition of AFICIONADO

:  a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity :  devotee <aficionados of the bullfight> <movie aficionados>

Variants of AFICIONADO

afi·cio·na·do also af·fi·cio·na·do \ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō, -fē-, -sē-ə-\

Examples of AFICIONADO

  1. <an aficionado of the sci-fi series who has seen all the movies several times>
  2. Such are the issues that spark hot debate among pizza chefs and aficionados. I recently visited some of the most dedicated pizza makers in the United States to have them demonstrate what makes their pizza special. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 30 June 2008

Origin of AFICIONADO

Spanish, from past participle of aficionar to inspire affection, from afición affection, from Latin affection-, affectio — more at affection
First Known Use: 1802

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