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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Belinda Morrow, a lifelong water-sports enthusiast often seen paddle-boarding with her dog Shadow, runs the White River Marine Association. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 Then, in a New Jersey suburb in 1962, a 19-year-old recreational drug enthusiast named Howard Lotsof laid hands on 500 mg of powdered iboga root. Wired, "A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First," 15 Sep. 2019 Skyllingstad, a rail enthusiast, suffered brain, pelvis and spinal injuries, according to attorney David Beninger, of Seattle. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 As a home cocktail enthusiast, knowing my drinks will come out just like the recipe is more important to me than speed. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "This OXO Measuring Cup Is the Most Handy Thing in My Kitchen," 11 Sep. 2019 In Santa Monica, where Guiney lived for several years after leaving Boston, she is being remembered as a diving enthusiast. Jordan Frias, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. woman who died in Calif. boat fire remembered for her love of life," 5 Sep. 2019 The late Guy Clark – a fellow boating enthusiast – weighs in, as does Lyle Lovett, who talks about opening for Elliott at Houston's Anderson Fair in the early '80s. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Folk legend Jack Elliott rambles onto the big screen and into town," 3 Sep. 2019 Within days, Alexander Mitchell had gone from being a 20-year-old hiking enthusiast to being kept alive by two machines forcing air into and out of his lungs and oxygenating his blood outside of his body. Anchorage Daily News, "He went from hiking enthusiast to ‘on death’s door’ within days. Doctors blamed vaping.," 24 Aug. 2019 Finally, Ruffner, a gardening enthusiast, developed an imaginary taxonomy and backstory for each creation, looking up words in Latin to give them scientific names. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "This Artist Imagines How Nature Evolves Following an Environmental Apocalypse," 19 July 2019

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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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