Definition of aficionado in English:

aficionado

noun

  • A person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.

    ‘a crossword aficionado’
    • ‘Cat blankets, so the aficionados say, are good for rheumatism.’
    • ‘It was a real and rare treat for aficionados of modern jazz.’
    • ‘The story also conjures up several anecdotes that will be appreciated by Brit-pop aficionados.’
    • ‘It is a haven for architecture aficionados and a gastronomic delight for lovers of sweets and desserts.’
    • ‘Christmas comes early for opera aficionados and classical music enthusiasts.’
    • ‘Only the techiest of aficionados will find complaint with this video presentation.’
    • ‘A literary detective story is still a detective story and aficionados of the whodunit won't be disappointed.’
    • ‘In fact, as aficionados of the English language will know, a palindrome is a word whose letters spell the same forwards as backwards.’
    • ‘Still, his aficionado's enthusiasm for Wagner's operas numbs him to the sensitivities and dilemmas of others.’
    • ‘In addition to being a prolific writer and editor, he was a connoisseur of art, an expert on forestry and an aficionado of historic houses.’
    • ‘For the aficionados, there are ways of telling the cars apart.’
    • ‘Without a doubt this show has an appeal that reaches beyond photography aficionados.’
    • ‘That diversity is the band's true strength and is a very welcome change for us jaded music aficionados.’
    • ‘For the true aficionado, a beer is a special type of travel souvenir, to be greedily consumed and tucked away with all its heady memories.’
    • ‘He was a gun aficionado, and he had a collection of guns always around him.’
    • ‘It's a clever thing to write a book that entertains the expert as much as the ignorant, that amuses the aficionado as much as the amateur.’
    • ‘Like other Brontë aficionados, he probably imagined she had a detailed knowledge of the book, but it turned out she had not read it.’
    • ‘But I can't help but feel that this is a book written by an aficionado for other aficionados.’
    • ‘To architectural aficionados and style buffs, it's the only one of the many property programmes worth watching.’
    • ‘In England, some ales retain their popularity among aficionados.’
    connoisseur, expert, authority, specialist, pundit, one of the cognoscenti, cognoscente, devotee, appreciator, fan, fanatic, savant
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Origin

Mid 19th century (denoting a devotee of bullfighting): from Spanish, ‘amateur’, past participle of aficioner ‘become fond of’ used as a noun, based on Latin affectio(n-) ‘(favourable) disposition towards’ (see affection).

Pronunciation

aficionado

/əˌfɪʃ(j)əˈnɑːdəʊ//əˌfɪsjəˈnɑːdəʊ/