afi·​cio·​na·​do | \ ə-ˌfi-sh(ē-)ə-ˈnä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce aficionado (audio) , -fē-, -sē-ə- \
variants: or less commonly
plural aficionados also afficionados

Definition of aficionado

: a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity : devotee aficionados of the bullfight movie aficionados

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The affection an aficionado has for his or her favorite subject isn't merely emotional-it's also etymological. Back in the early 1800s, English borrowed aficionado from the past participle of the Spanish verb aficionar, which means "to inspire affection." That verb comes from the Spanish noun afición, meaning "affection." Both Spanish words trace to the Latin affectio (which is also an ancestor of the English word affection). Affectio, in turn, is from afficere ("to influence") and gave English speakers the noun and verbs affect.

Examples of aficionado in a Sentence

Such are the issues that spark hot debate among pizza chefs and aficionados. I recently visited some of the most dedicated pizza makers in the United States to have them demonstrate what makes their pizza special. — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 30 June 2008 The quality varies with the individual authors, but both history buffs and aficionados of literary criticism will find food for thought here. Publishers Weekly, 8 Jan. 2001 When film aficionados speak of film noir, they usually refer to the look and attitude of certain films. As critics have found, such films do not form a genre; at best, they suggest a movement. — Bonnie Smothers, Booklist, 15 Nov. 1999 Beyond scuba diving, North Carolina's Crystal Coast and Cape Lookout are famous for fishing. Although I'm not an aficionado myself, prospective anglers need only walk the docks of Moorehead City to book inshore or Gulf Stream excursions … — James Sturz, New York Times, 26 Apr. 1998 an aficionado of the sci-fi series who has seen all the movies several times
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Recent Examples on the Web Before Game 4 of the American League division series between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros was postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of rain, Astros Manager Dusty Baker, a music aficionado, was listening to a blues classic. James Wagner, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 For the jewelry aficionado, Missoma’s advent calendar is a treasure trove of 12 gifts, from hoop necklaces to chain bracelets and necklaces, all made of 18K gold plated vermeil. Julie Tong, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2021 Eleven City Diner: Deli aficionado Brad Rubin opened his Jewish-style restaurant meets reimagined American diner in 2006 as a pioneer in the South Loop neighborhood. Kori Rumore,, 23 Sep. 2021 The fitness aficionado who loves to snack throughout the day. SELF, 21 Sep. 2021 Grand Cathedral opened earlier this year and is already an aficionado’s destination venue with one of the largest selections of Arturo Fuente Cigars in the world. Amy Drew Thompson,, 5 Sep. 2021 Also a music aficionado, Jungen has formed a collaboration with ZFF and the Montreux Jazz Festival and this year introduced a section called Sounds, which presents music films, and concerts will remain a highlight of the event. Ed Meza, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 The idea for the comedy originated with Steven Martin, who co-creator John Hoffman calls the true-crime aficionado of the group. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021 Bob Jenkins was the iconic auto racing broadcaster who called the Indianapolis 500's closest finish and who, off the track, was a music aficionado. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of aficionado

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aficionado

borrowed from Spanish aficionado, from past participle of aficionar "to inspire devotion or affection in," verbal derivative of afición "liking, interest," going back to earlier afeción, afección, borrowed from Latin affectiōn-, affectiō "feeling, feeling of attachment" — more at affection

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“Aficionado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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