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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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
Recent Examples of aficionado from the Web
Art aficionados: Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the intricate designs of Portuguese Azulejo, the artisanal tilework that adorns many Portuguese buildings and walls.
For horror aficionados, the idea of sea spiders lacking hearts merely adds to their ghoulish appeal.
Veteran percussionist/band leader and martial-arts aficionado Abbey Rader delivers a classic melding of jazz arrangements with spontaneous responses by ensemble members to the spirit of the moment.
Colerain Township revived its traditional fireworks show after shutting it down five years ago because of budget issues, and perfect weather brought a full field of fireworks aficionados to the township government complex July 1 for its return.
At 80, Gene Bertoncini may not enjoy quite as wide a following as Pizzarelli, but he's revered by jazz guitar aficionados for a similarly distinguished career.
In adult life, Mr. Zukofsky was known to aficionados as an ardent champion of composers including Philip Glass, John Cage, Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen.
As a video game aficionado, Rollins spends most of his time playing Madden as the Chicago Bears.
Broadleaf is also used for cigar wrappers, but is considered to be of a lesser grade than Connecticut shade leaf, with a heavier flavor, according to cigar aficionados.
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Did You Know?
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.
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