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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for enthusiast



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of enthusiast in a Sentence

skiing enthusiasts can't wait for the first snowfall of the season
Recent Examples on the Web Petrescu, 68, was a flight enthusiast whose wealth exceeded $3 billion, Italian media reported, with an empire of buildings, hypermarkets and shopping centers. Chico Harlan, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 The former travel editor and space enthusiast still covers the travel and space industry, including cruises. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2021 The owner of British chemical company INEOS, Jim Radcliffe, had been a huge Defender enthusiast, and when the original Defender ended production, Radcliffe tried to buy the rights. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 Sep. 2021 For lifelong space enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa, a taste of space isn't enough. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2021 Mahomes is a golf enthusiast, and the North American headquarters of Adidas, a sports apparel company that had a brand value of $12.9 billion in 2020, is in Portland, Ore. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The findings did not go unnoticed by a certain billionaire space enthusiast. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2021 Young was a star basketball player in college and continues to be a fitness enthusiast — can that foreshadow a connection between the two? Arizona Republic, 29 July 2021 Wally Funk and Dutch student Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old space enthusiast who paid an undisclosed sum for his seat. William Harwood, CBS News, 19 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'enthusiast.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of enthusiast

1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enthusiast

earlier, "person claiming to receive divine communication or inspiration, member of a putative early Christian sect making such claims," borrowed from Late Greek enthousiastḗs, going back to Greek, "person possessed by a god," from enthousiad-, stem of enthousiázein "to be inspired or possessed by a god" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at enthusiasm

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About enthusiast

Time Traveler for enthusiast

Time Traveler

The first known use of enthusiast was in 1748

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near enthusiast




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for enthusiast

Last Updated

8 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Enthusiast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiast. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for enthusiast



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

More from Merriam-Webster on enthusiast

Nglish: Translation of enthusiast for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of enthusiast for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!