enthusiast

noun
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 The actor and director Fred Savage is a lifelong watch collector, the sort of enthusiast who frequents watch auctions in his spare time. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 There are options for every type of fitness enthusiast, from mats for yogis who are on the taller side to non-slip gear for keeping your feet firmly in place. Nicole Charky-chami, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2022 No, but its builders can, and Honda designed a package that recognizes the needs of the average driver, meets them, and then goes after the desires of the enthusiast. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Metal detecting enthusiast and classic car restorer Kevin Duckett spotted the artifact while searching for treasure in an English field in 2017. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 Two changes to the camera are ProRes video capture on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, something mostly of interest to the most keen of enthusiast and professional photographers. David Phelan, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 And for outdoor enthusiast and dentist Joel Buttworth, there’s one item that makes a world of difference for prep and cleanup. Nicole Kliest, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2021 Car enthusiast and collector Harrison Woodruff recently brought his 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which has been tailored and tuned by GMG, to us for a show, tell and spin. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2021 Kerry Coombs is a great recruiter, enthusiast and position coach, a tremendous husband, father and grandfather. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021

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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 2022

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“Enthusiast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiast. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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enthusiast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of enthusiast

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

enthusiast

noun
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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