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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The menu will please even the most jaded French-Creole cuisine aficionados. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Kate, who studied art history in college, is known to be an art aficionado. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Floral Alexander McQueen Gown at to the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 The multiple ways in which Spice has been switching up her hair over the years is enough to even make the heads of colorful-wig aficionados — like Kylie Jenner, Blac Chyna, and Katy Perry — spin. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Watches that are known beyond aficionados have a tendency to increase in value, Mr. Clymer said. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "An Investment on Your Wrist," 25 May 2018 Baggy pants, meanwhile, were reserved for suburban dads and nu-metal aficionados. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Benedict Cumberbatch Got a Goddamn Fit Off," 21 May 2018 Fittingly, the gala will be co-hosted by two campy fashion aficionados: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 2019 Met Gala Theme Is Perfect for Its Hosts, Lady Gaga and Harry Styles," 9 Oct. 2018 Sushi aficionados, get ready for Omakase Yume, a tiny omakase-style counter dedicated to seasonally fresh seafood and fish. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 The following year that same ensemble would record the Coltrane album most familiar to those who aren’t jazz aficionados, A Love Supreme, in the same room where the listening took place. Natalie Weiner, Billboard, "Ravi Coltrane On the State of Jazz & Why John Coltrane's Lost Album Couldn't Have Been Found at a Better Time," 29 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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