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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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 Where else would competitive eater and hot dog aficionado Joey Chestnut want to celebrate National Hot Dog Day other than Cincinnati? Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 15 July 2021 Now in his fifth season on golf’s top shelf tour, Varner has become a Transfusion aficionado. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Steve Martin, a fellow art aficionado, recalled gatherings at a ranch Mr. Cramer owned in Santa Ynez, Calif. New York Times, 8 June 2021 Cocktail aficionado and Loungerati founder Fredo Ceraso enjoys this combination when Mother Nature turns up the thermostat. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 11 June 2021 One boss, one voice at the top delegating, and that one voice should be a college sports administrator, not a sports business aficionado like Larry Scott. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady can add another tag line to his historic football career as a seven-time Super Bowl champion: TikTok aficionado. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 But as any any beauty aficionado will tell you, healthy skin makes for the best base. Michella Oré, Glamour, 25 May 2021 For a cycling aficionado, mechanical engineer and manufacturing zealot like me, that’s marvelous to hear in any number of ways. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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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 28 Jul. 2021.

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