aficionado

noun
afi·​cio·​na·​do | \ ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce aficionado (audio) , -fē-, -sē-ə-\
variants: or less commonly
plural aficionados also afficionados

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aficionado

Synonyms

addict, buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker

Antonyms

nonfan

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The affection an aficionado has for his or her favorite subject isn't merely emotional-it's also etymological. Back in the early 1800s, English borrowed aficionado from the past participle of the Spanish verb aficionar, which means "to inspire affection." That verb comes from the Spanish noun afición, meaning "affection." Both Spanish words trace to the Latin affectio (which is also an ancestor of the English word affection). Affectio, in turn, is from afficere ("to influence") and gave English speakers the noun and verbs affect.

Examples of aficionado in a Sentence

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 The quality varies with the individual authors, but both history buffs and aficionados of literary criticism will find food for thought here. Publishers Weekly, 8 Jan. 2001 When film aficionados speak of film noir, they usually refer to the look and attitude of certain films. As critics have found, such films do not form a genre; at best, they suggest a movement. — Bonnie Smothers, Booklist, 15 Nov. 1999 Beyond scuba diving, North Carolina's Crystal Coast and Cape Lookout are famous for fishing. Although I'm not an aficionado myself, prospective anglers need only walk the docks of Moorehead City to book inshore or Gulf Stream excursions … — James Sturz, New York Times, 26 Apr. 1998 an aficionado of the sci-fi series who has seen all the movies several times
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That expansive resonance should help the Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films release find a responsive audience, with a long shelf life to follow for musical-theater aficionados. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 But for many shark aficionados, one week of wall-to-wall shark content isn’t enough to satisfy their great white appetite. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Up-Close and Personal Shark Encounters that Shark Week Fans Can Safely Enjoy All Year," 24 July 2019 But in the new 40-seat Paon Bistro, the wine-by-the-glass selection is more adventurous and international for more-curious wine aficionados. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paon tasting room now a wine bistro and piano bar," 18 July 2019 But for frozen dessert aficionados, learning to hand-make gelato and understanding the way different types of fruits and flavors change textures (and thus recipes) can be inspiring. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "How to Get a Degree in Gelato," 22 June 2019 Why is San Miguel’s coffee perfect for true aficionados? Jeremy Glass, National Geographic, "Coffee-brewing is an art in this historic Mexican city," 12 June 2019 Aim for a Bull’s-Eye Set of Arms With archery ranges in Chinatown and Brooklyn, Gotham Archery offers both introductory and more advanced classes, as well as hosting friendly tournaments for bow-and-arrow aficionados. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Trampoline Classes to Jump Roping, 6 Throwback Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 24 May 2019 Located in the Finger Lakes Region of Geneva, New York, the property has a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake and provides a royal getaway for wine aficionados and connoisseurs alike. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Castle Is the World's Best Place to Stay for Wine Lovers," 13 Mar. 2019 That's the location of Saks Fifth Avenue’s recently renovated main floor—and a paradise for all handbag aficionados. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of aficionado

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aficionado

borrowed from Spanish aficionado, from past participle of aficionar "to inspire devotion or affection in," verbal derivative of afición "liking, interest," going back to earlier afeción, afección, borrowed from Latin affectiōn-, affectiō "feeling, feeling of attachment" — more at affection

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