aficionado

noun
afi·cio·na·do | \ ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō , -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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Disassembly Report No one knows the appeal of a charcoal grill more than a Weber aficionado, but there’s a reason the storied grill-maker also sells gas grills. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Gas Grill," 2 July 2018 The Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture: This is a treat for antique aficionados, especially those who are interested in early Texas furniture made between 1845 and 1880. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Whether your date's a music aficionado or someone who just wants to have a good time, EAV is the place to be. Avery Newmark, ajc, "7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples," 8 June 2018 Like her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa is known for being a tennis aficionado, and she was photographed at the tournament wearing a striking red wrap dress, mirrored sunglasses, and canvas espadrilles. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore a Gorgeous Red Wrap Dress to the French Open," 29 May 2018 Dobrev is both a style icon and a health aficionado. Katherine Eisenbrand, PEOPLE.com, "Can Nina Dobrev Go from Workout Clothes to Street Style in 90 Seconds?," 12 Jan. 2018 Chillal is not the only long-nail aficionado to make the record books. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Man With World’s Longest Fingernails Finally Gets a Manicure," 13 July 2018 For full golf-course architecture geeks, here's PGA Tour player/design aficionado Zac Blair's breakdown of the layout for PGATour.com. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Preivew: Picks, History, Field, Odds," 4 July 2018 For the cost-conscious wine aficionado, Lubbock is a tempting alternative to California wine country. Dan Fellner, azcentral, "Why Lubbock, TX, is hot: Texas Tech, Buddy Holly and wine," 13 June 2018

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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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