en·​thu·​si·​ast | \in-ˈthü-zē-ˌast, -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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Synonyms & Antonyms for enthusiast


addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker



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Examples of enthusiast in a Sentence

skiing enthusiasts can't wait for the first snowfall of the season

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For example, an airline can run ads on non-Amazon sites aimed at travel enthusiasts, including Amazon shoppers who have bought suitcases or travel books. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon, With Little Fanfare, Emerges as an Advertising Giant," 27 Nov. 2018 As one meme on Tumblr puts it, the K/DA music video is something that K-pop enthusiasts, League fans, and the LGBTQ+ community all enjoyed. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "League of Legends’ virtual K-pop band is helping the game attract a whole new audience," 11 Nov. 2018 And while a handful of the cars up front obviously belonged to enthusiasts, the vast majority were much more… suburban. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018 Skin Food is for everybody: Editors, bloggers, non-beauty-enthusiasts, skin experts, and makeup artists alike all sing its praises. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Weleda Created an Entire Collection of Skin Food Products," 22 Oct. 2018 Though the companies have pleased many micro-transit enthusiasts, others see them as toys or trash strewn on sidewalks. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 That rubbed some residents of the East End neighborhood, as well as Military Reserve enthusiasts, nature lovers and Foothills trail users, the wrong way. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Locals want input on Boise's bike park plan. The City Council could decide soon.," 10 July 2018 In about a year, the humble fanny pack has gone from something your parents wore around their waists to a favorite of streetwear enthusiasts, who love to swing them nonchalantly over their shoulders. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "Bolo Ties and Neck Wallets," 10 July 2018 High-intensity interval training has become a big deal among workout enthusiasts, who like the short bursts of intense exercise alternated with longer periods of rest. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Which workout is best for you: High or low intensity?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of enthusiast

1570, in the meaning defined above

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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, -ˈthyü-\

Kids Definition of enthusiast

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

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