en·​thu·​si·​ast | \ in-ˈthü-zē-ˌast How to pronounce enthusiast (audio) , -əst, en- also -ˈthyü- \

Definition of enthusiast

: a person filled with enthusiasm: such as
a : one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit a sports car enthusiast
b : one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest

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Examples of enthusiast in a Sentence

skiing enthusiasts can't wait for the first snowfall of the season
Recent Examples on the Web Long before cookbook authors were touting trees, Euell Gibbons, the wild-food enthusiast, was making his pitch. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Christmas Tree Disposal Method? Eat It," 27 Dec. 2020 Empire Covers said the ideal candidate is both a movie and travel enthusiast with an engaging writing style and strong attention to detail. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Get paid $1K to watch road trip movies," 11 Dec. 2020 Club member and Monarch Butterfly enthusiast, Bev Stives, will share her knowledge and expertise during the meeting’s monthly program. cleveland, "UH funding gift supports North Ridgeville Schools athletic programs, student health care services: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 24 Oct. 2020 Holiday shopping season is officially upon us and as Reviewed's resident beauty expert and enthusiast, I'm often asked for gift recommendations for fellow beauty mavens out there. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "The 20 best gifts for makeup lovers in 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 Even Bottega Veneta’s rubber rain boots can be described as clogs with the right styling — as endorsed by writer and clog enthusiast Lauren Mechling on her @thecloglife Instagram account. Irina Grechko, refinery29.com, "It’s Official: We Are In The Golden Age Of Clogs," 20 Oct. 2020 Kessel, from Somerville, Massachusetts, was an engineer and outdoor enthusiast, according to his online obituary. Stefan Sykes, NBC News, "3 people die in 6 days from climbing and hiking accidents in New Hampshire mountains," 29 Sep. 2020 For the true tea enthusiast, the gift of fresh varieties every month would be a steamy treasure. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "20 gifts that help relieve the stress of 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Finding the perfect gift for a fitness enthusiast can be a tricky business. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "Best gifts to encourage fitness in 2020," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of enthusiast

1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enthusiast

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

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The first known use of enthusiast was in 1748

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Enthusiast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiast. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enthusiast

: a person who feels enthusiasm for something : a person who enjoys something very much


en·​thu·​si·​ast | \ in-ˈthü-zē-ˌast How to pronounce enthusiast (audio) , -ˈthyü- \

Kids Definition of enthusiast

: a person who is very excited about or interested in something a fishing enthusiast

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