en·​thu·​si·​ast in-ˈthü-zē-ˌast How to pronounce enthusiast (audio)
 also  -ˈthyü-
: a person filled with enthusiasm: such as
: one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit
a sports car enthusiast
: one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest

Examples of enthusiast in a Sentence

skiing enthusiasts can't wait for the first snowfall of the season
Recent Examples on the Web For rock enthusiasts and visitors looking for fun on the Strip, this boutique hotel offers a pool bar with Moscow Mules. Defne Karabatur, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 While there are plenty of notable nepo babies that most people know — Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis, etc. — some celebrity relations come as a surprise even to the most devoted pop culture enthusiast. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 2 July 2024 The region is vast and magnetic thanks to scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, and ever-evolving havens for city escape artists and nature enthusiasts alike. Jessica Chapel, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 July 2024 The tennis enthusiast returned to the royal box with her father, Michael Middleton, for the last day of Wimbledon, during the ladies' singles final match, and eventually presented Australia's Ashleigh Barty with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for enthusiast 

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Word History


earlier, "person claiming to receive divine communication or inspiration, member of a putative early Christian sect making such claims," borrowed from Late Greek enthousiastḗs, going back to Greek, "person possessed by a god," from enthousiad-, stem of enthousiázein "to be inspired or possessed by a god" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at enthusiasm

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enthusiast was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Enthusiast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiast. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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en·​thu·​si·​ast in-ˈth(y)ü-zē-ˌast How to pronounce enthusiast (audio)
: a person filled with enthusiasm

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