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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Beer aficionados will discover those hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside local brewery favorites. San Diego Union-Tribune, "16 things to do in San Diego this summer," 4 June 2019 Fixer Upper aficionados can’t get enough of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ son, Crew. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Says There’s ‘Literally a Sign-Up Sheet’ for People to Hold Baby Crew," 30 Mar. 2019 Skincare aficionados have long hailed Korea as the epicenter of product innovation—but Switzerland might just be giving the K Beauty world a run for its money. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Is La Prairie's New 'Cellular Life-Lotion' Worth its $655 Price Tag?," 8 Feb. 2019 Whiskey aficionados take note: Two hundred varieties line the shelves, with ladders for the barkeeps at the ready. Howard Cole, latimes.com, "Take me out to a Quakes game on a weekend escape to Rancho Cucamonga," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, acai berry aficionados find fault with Costco’s version of the would-be health food — specifically, too much sugar. Benjamin Romano, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco: Polish dog’s demise probably won’t be postponed by polemics," 12 July 2018 Hip-hop aficionados gleefully binged on the eight-episode Netflix series Rapture upon its release. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Killer Mike on Working With 2 Chainz & Getting Advice From Nas: 'He Really Taught Me to Keep Being Intelligent'," 28 June 2018 However, the couple might not actually be the biggest ale aficionados. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Would Like a Pint of Beer Personally Poured by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge," 28 Feb. 2019 Outfit Total: $5995 Erica Gonzales Closing out this episode of This Look is Money is Erica Gonzales, BAZAAR.com's assistant editor and resident Game of Thrones aficionado. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Editors Dress for Work," 22 Mar. 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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