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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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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Recent Examples on the Web From hard news, investigations and sports to comic book aficionados, bourbon experts, pop culture and more, there is a lot to listen to that's produced right here in Louisville. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something new to do? Check out these 30+ Louisville podcasts to keep you busy," 20 Apr. 2020 Pryor, who is also the Chief Marketing Officer of TONIC CBD, an engineer, an advertising aficionado, and a tech and digital strategist knows all too well the risks and opportunities present in the cannabis space. Ashley J. Hobbs, Essence, "Cannabis Is Ripe For Building Black Wealth Says Mary Pryor," 20 Apr. 2020 For uniform aficionados, this was an unwelcome development. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If NFL helmet rule change does come into effect, bring back these 10 throwback looks," 27 Mar. 2020 But without Conklin serving as a wide zone-blocking aficionado, the Titans would not have been nearly as successful. cleveland, "Why Jack Conklin can change the Browns offensive line from a weakness to a strength -- Film review," 19 Mar. 2020 Alexina Graham is Victoria's Secret first-ever British Angel, a skincare aficionado, and enjoys grinding hard at the gym. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Victoria's Secret Angel Alexina Graham's Intense Boxing Workout," 29 May 2019 Blanche became a favorite among many mystery aficionados, who found in her a sleuth unlike most any of those who previously populated the genre. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Barbara Neely, author of Blanche White mystery series, dies at 78," 11 Mar. 2020 The technique involves subtly blending different shades of the same color family for a look so beautiful that it's become beloved among beauty aficionados everywhere. Audrey Noble, Allure, "This Ombré Lipstick Tutorial Is Going Viral," 9 Mar. 2020 In 2011, a question loomed among pop culture aficionados and anybody with a penchant for boring questions: Are women funny? Lara Horwitz, NBC News, "Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig reunite to remind us all how perfect "Bridesmaids" was," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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“Aficionado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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