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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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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But today there are more trails, more bike/pedestrian bridges and a bigger population of cycling enthusiasts. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "In Eugene, Oregon, a good mood is ‘just a bike ride away’," 15 June 2019 The Voice enthusiasts have the option to download a free, official app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to vote for their favorite contestants each week during the live shows. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Live Playoffs Were Plagued With Technical Problems," 13 Nov. 2018 Makeup enthusiasts with dark skin once had to mix foundation shades together to create something that worked for their complexion; today, legacy beauty brands are hastily expanding their shade range to catch up with Rihanna. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 At the same time roughly 100 feet away inside the library, a small group of tarot card enthusiasts were having their futures explained. J. Harry Jones, Pomerado News, "From Flamenco to mollusks, library workshops had it all," 26 May 2018 Sports enthusiasts had an opportunity to observe a demonstration game played by the Greater Chicago Cricket Association. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Celebration of Cultures aims to reflect diversity in the North Shore," 8 May 2018 Boat enthusiasts also will have access to boat slips and lake recreation at the Waterpoint marina complex. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "The Shoreline at Waterpoint offers upscale condo experience," 1 Apr. 2018 Home enthusiasts will have something to look forward to this spring. Forrest Sellers, Cincinnati.com, "Westwood and Cincinnati Preservation Association join for home tour," 28 Mar. 2018 North is quickly becoming a beauty enthusiast and her mom cannot help but share her daughter’s love for all things makeup with their fans. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Catches Daughter North Face Painting with Eyeshadow: ‘What Are You Doing?’," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of enthusiast

1748, 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 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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