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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Cross is an athleisure enthusiast and gave her fans a sneak peek at the Reebok collaboration on Instagram earlier this week. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Beckhams’ Latest Fashion Moment Was the Double-Date the World’s Been Waiting For," 23 Jan. 2019 But though White House press pool reporters were sworn to secrecy, bloggers and aviation enthusiasts drew attention to the president’s mystery trip on Twitter and prompted speculation about his whereabouts. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 Here are five stories — big and small — that science and tech enthusiasts might have checked out in the week before November 24th, 1998. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Small repair shops and tech enthusiasts who attempt to fix their new Apple devices may be taking a serious risk in doing so. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices," 13 Nov. 2018 Attention, exotic animal enthusiasts: The Irwin family is returning to television. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Irwin family returning to TV with new 'Crickey! It's the Irwins' series on Animal Planet," 18 Sep. 2018 On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Product Hunt founder and CEO Ryan Hoover talks with Recode’s Kurt Wagner about running a popular online community for startup founders and other tech enthusiasts. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover says redesigning your app is probably a mistake," 2 Aug. 2018 In the best news for home décor enthusiasts everywhere, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is returning to TV in 2020, according to People. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Is Coming Back to TV and All Is Right in the World," 15 Jan. 2019 These enthusiasts gather on Tumblr to buy new Furbys, to get parts from each other, and to commission fanart of their toys, but mostly just to post about their daily activities. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 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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