afi·​cio·​na·​do | \ ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce aficionado (audio) , -fē-, -sē-ə- \
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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Mikel Welch is something of a DIY aficionado: He's shown us how to create a glam mirror using plastic spoons (yes, really!), and make our own version of an expensive Tibetan wool chair. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Mikel Welch Turns a Cheap Table Into a Pretty Rope Bench," 22 June 2020 If Dad is a history buff or art aficionado, try taking a trip to the museum for Father's Day. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Host a Virtual Father's Day Celebration," 15 May 2020 Ng is a Chinese artifact aficionado, with pieces in the basement of an annex building that include an armillary sphere from the Ming Dynasty and two rare bone sculptures of which there are just four in the world. Faris Mokhtar,, "Singapore Bungalow for $45 Million. Rare Artifacts Are Extra," 23 June 2020 In the book, not long after the protagonist, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw, compiles a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, the FBI comes knocking on his door investigating a series of murders that are eerily similar. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift? 6 books to get dads and father figures," 20 June 2020 The Mount, Edith Wharton’s former home turned historic house museum, is sacred ground for design aficionados. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Edith Wharton’s Former Home, The Mount, Donates Fabric to be Made Into Face Masks," 20 Apr. 2020 The country's premier league, Vysheyshaya Liga, hardly a draw for aficionados in normal times, is now being livestreamed by fans across the world starved for action since the season kicked off last month. NBC News, "In Belarus, unlike most places, soccer plays on despite virus," 20 Apr. 2020 Those words may have triggered flashbacks for some aficionados of the Cowboys-Niners rivalry of the 1990s. David Moore, Dallas News, "In leading Chiefs to Super Bowl win over 49ers, Patrick Mahomes keeps Cowboys from dropping historical notch," 2 Feb. 2020 The Skyline serves Green River Soda and Triple XXX Root Beer for soft drink aficionados. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Shelbyville's drive-in beat the odds to survive. What's next? It needs a second screen.," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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“Aficionado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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