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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Luna Del Sea Steak & Seafood Bistro offers menu items for seafood, pasta and meat aficionados. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "15 places to eat and drink outdoors this summer in Baltimore," 1 July 2019 The brewing biz is thriving again in Michigan courtesy of the state’s newfound enthusiasm for craft beer, but as any local beer aficionado can tell you, beer-making is nothing new to the state. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Golf tales from David Feherty, Balloonfest, festivals in Trenton and Taylor," 26 June 2019 This isn’t a classic game show format, but an athletic competition, featuring mini-golf aficionados teeing off against each other. oregonlive.com, "Amid so much grim TV, ABC’s ‘Summer Fun & Games’ shows send your brain on a ‘Whammy’-fueled vacation," 18 June 2019 These tech and finance aficionados tend to fall into either one of two camps: Lovers, or haters. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions Provoke Heated Debate—The Ledger," 17 June 2019 Beer aficionados will discover those hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside local favorites. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Cooper Family Juneteenth Celebration, Smokey Robinson, New Children’s Museum’s ‘Whammock!’," 14 June 2019 The railroad’s 844 steam operated in revenue capacities until the early ‘60s and has since been employed essentially for excursion trains aimed at railroad aficionados. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 True colors shining through Many U.S. journalists like to refer to these curiosities as emerald icebergs, says Steve Warren, emeritus professor at the University of Washington and long-time Antarctic aficionado. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Icebergs can be emerald green. Now we know why.," 15 Mar. 2019 Be they vodka or gin fans, fans of the shaken or stirred, the olive or the twist, the storied cocktail’s aficionados are chomping at the bit for cocktail hour to get underway. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "A toast — make that a few toasts — to National Martini Day!," 19 June 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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