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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Young soccer enthusiasts looking to fine tune or improve their game can do so at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches' Palm Beach Gardens location. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Soccer clinics at area JCC focus on skills, sportsmanship," 13 July 2018 And homeowners who are solar enthusiasts are helping foot the bill. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Why are solar trees popping up all over? Thank thousands of South Florida families," 13 July 2018 Nike's experiment comes amid a sporting-goods retail meltdown over past couple of years that saw the demise of several once high-flying chains, including Sports Authority, Golfsmith and Sports Chalet, as enthusiasts shifted to online shopping. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Can you 'crowdsource' a store? Nike is about to find out," 12 July 2018 Cycling enthusiasts will get plenty of opportunities to see some top-notch riders this weekend around the Treasure Valley. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "A brand-new event, and one of Boise's annual traditions. A big cycling weekend is on tap.," 10 July 2018 In just four weeks, between that August and September 2016, Pokémon Go shed nearly 20 million players, as enthusiasts headed back to school, or lost themselves in various other viral pursuits. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 And no Swift enthusiast could forget the summer of 2016, when the singer and her then-beau Tom Hiddleston frolicked in the waves alongside Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, and Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. Hayley Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, "Taylor Swift’s tour rolls into Gillette soon. Will she visit her $18m R.I. manse?," 6 July 2018 The Wall Street Journal reported that the response was lackluster, with Diet Coke enthusiasts paying more attention than seltzer drinkers. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Diet Coke Just Dropped Its Lime Flavor. Cherry Could Be Next To Go," 3 July 2018 Today is World UFO Day, when UFO enthusiasts around the world celebrate that strange phenomenon and remind the public that many mysteries remain unsolved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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