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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The Oconomowoc store, on the other hand, caters to the water sports enthusiasts of Lake Country. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sherper's starts work on new Port Washington store, wants the city to become a 'destination' for outdoor enthusiasts," 14 May 2018 True beauty enthusiasts know that this convention of all things beauty is one that can’t be missed. Teen Vogue, "We Can’t Wait to See These 7 Brands At Beautycon," 5 Apr. 2019 After the lucrative auction came to an end, art enthusiasts filed out into the night with the perfect parting gift: a copy of Koolhaas’s Delirious New York. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski, Sienna Miller, and More Celebrate the Ultra-Cool Rem Koolhaas at the New Museum’s Spring Gala," 4 Apr. 2019 Home décor enthusiasts were thrilled when HGTV announced earlier this year that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is returning to television in 2020. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "HGTV Is Now Casting Families for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'," 1 Apr. 2019 For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who have been itching to hit the trails, this means one thing: Spring hiking season is finally upon us. Caitlin Flynn, The Seattle Times, "5 local finds to get you ready for spring hiking season," 25 Mar. 2019 After the network released a new poster for the show's upcoming season this week, GoT enthusiasts focused on some enticing details. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Think the New Poster Teases Who Ends Up on the Iron Throne," 23 Mar. 2019 Gaming enthusiast website theScore ranked Bowser, alternatively known as King of the Koopas, fourth on its list of top videogame villains back in 2017. WSJ, "Don’t Cross Nintendo’s New U.S. Boss," 22 Feb. 2019 Camper enthusiasts have a common love for the outdoors and the open road. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 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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