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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David was an enthusiast and a cultural omnivore: high art, low art, no matter what genre, all of it interested him. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts community reacts to death of Datebook Editor David Wiegand," 3 May 2018 In what might be a wiener dog enthusiast’s greatest dream, over 1,000 dachshunds met up this weekend in Manchester’s Heaton Park for a mass walk to celebrate the charms of the breed and to raise money for two charities. Cady Lang, Time, "Over 1,000 Dachshunds Met Up For an Epic Wiener Dog Walk," 9 Apr. 2018 Caleb, one of Scott and Michele Schwab's four sons, was a young baseball enthusiast. Steve Vockrodt, Tony Rizzo, Glenn E. Rice And Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Ex-Schlitterbahn executive charged with manslaughter in 2016 death on water slide | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 Photo: Dallas Fire-Rescue/Associated Press Mr. McDaniel was a sports enthusiast and loyal friend who loved the outdoors and his hometown, according to two longtime friends. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Among Those Killed in Helicopter Crash: A Firefighter, a Choral Singer and an Argentine Tourist," 12 Mar. 2018 Shark adventures Shark enthusiast and scuba diver Kiersten Doucette will show off pictures and videos of her encounters with sharks in the Teen Shark Week Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 13 July 2018 That scene features participants and enthusiasts who were often young, black or Latino and gay or transgender and took on fictitious personas that elevated their status into the stratosphere — if only for the duration of the ball. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 Long-time craft enthusiast and facilitator Becki Colton will guide participants in creating their own memory books and special occasion cards. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 The sudden appearance and proliferation of litmus tests in the party platforms reflects the prominence of interest groups and issue enthusiasts in the parties after the nominating reforms of the 1970s. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 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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