aficionado

noun afi·cio·na·do \ ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō , -fē- , -sē-ə- \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of aficionado

plural aficionados
: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

  1. 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 SteimanWine Spectator30 June 2008
  2. The quality varies with the individual authors, but both history buffs and aficionados of literary criticism will find food for thought here. Publishers Weekly8 Jan. 2001
  3. 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 SmothersBooklist15 Nov. 1999
  4. 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 SturzNew York Times26 Apr. 1998
  5. an aficionado of the sci-fi series who has seen all the movies several times

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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.

Origin and Etymology of aficionado

Spanish, from past participle of aficionar to inspire affection, from afición affection, from Latin affection-, affectio — more at affection


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