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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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
Recent Examples of aficionado from the Web
Kovalik said he was tutored by Dev Jaiswol, a fourth place finisher in the 2015 national bee who is an aficionado of Remer's book.
Among those are a July 19, 2005 concert at the Warner Theatre in Earie, Pa., that like the Grateful Dead's 1977 Cornell University show, is considered by Allmans aficionados to be one of the best the group ever played.
Hula hooping has become hip again, with clubs across the US bringing together hoop aficionados and DVDs incorporating hoops as a way to fight obesity.
So, for the past week, the tanks have been bobbing their way about 225 miles on four barges: a virtual beer flotilla, and an opportunity for canal — and beer — aficionados to see Clinton’s ditch in action.
Its latest Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack release, featuring six collaborations with domestic craft breweries and six foreign breweries, is major news among beer aficionados.
A pre-show cocktail party gave patrons a chance to mingle with fellow theater aficionados, and a seated dinner in Grand Park followed.
According to Ela Darling, a porn star and cosplay aficionado, cosplay simply means dressing up as your favorite character from a comic book, movie, or novel, and taking on the persona of that character.
While aficionados pride the game on providing a superior playing experience, Harn has pretty much always languished in the shadow of other roleplaying games.
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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.
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