Definition of enthusiast in English:


Pronunciation: /enˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌast//inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌast/


  • 1A person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject.

    ‘a sports car enthusiast’
    • ‘But he is one of life's great enthusiasts and his love of his subject is getting quite infectious.’
    • ‘He was a leading and ardent enthusiast for the very inward investment that he now equally enthusiastically disclaims.’
    • ‘A model aircraft enthusiast for many years, he painstakingly built the helicopter from a kit last year.’
    • ‘The store is expected to attract interest from the sports enthusiasts who frequent the Arena complex.’
    • ‘The enthusiast for Puritan literature will welcome, read and apply the content of this book.’
    • ‘The event is expected to attract a lot of interest among dart enthusiasts and all are welcome on the night.’
    • ‘The people involved would class themselves as enthusiasts interested in the survival of the scene.’
    • ‘For the dance enthusiast, ballet conveys the strength and fragility of the human spirit through its grace and agility.’
    • ‘It has captured the imagination of the public and has accrued a loyal following of enthusiasts.’
    • ‘Falconry enthusiasts wanting to delve even deeper into the subject can sign up for a course of either one, two or five days.’
    • ‘The last game of the year is traditionally the time football enthusiasts and pundits switch to full clairvoyance mode.’
    • ‘He was an enthusiast for the theatre and university educated.’
    • ‘He had been a long-standing enthusiast for home rule at a time when it merely served to reinforce his marginal status in the party.’
    • ‘For a change the zoo authorities want the wildlife enthusiasts to suggest a name for this female baboon.’
    • ‘Gardening enthusiasts are turning detective to try and find the origins of a carved statuette.’
    • ‘Unless you are an enthusiast for such things, these annual events don't have a ‘wow’ factor.’
    • ‘He is also an enthusiast for newer aircraft, which are more fuel-efficient but also more expensive.’
    • ‘A breathless enthusiast for the wired world, he writes well enough to take happy Luddites such as me along with him.’
    • ‘It is certain to appeal to field-sports enthusiasts and to nature lovers.’
    • ‘The advent of the old-new technology is something airship enthusiasts thought would never happen.’
    fan, fanatic, devotee, aficionado, addict, lover, admirer, supporter, follower
    expert, wizard, connoisseur, authority, pundit, cognoscente, one of the cognoscenti, savant
    buff, freak, nut, fiend, maniac, ninja, ham, a great one for
    maven, geek, jock, nerd
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    1. 1.1archaic, derogatory A person of intense and visionary Christian views.


Early 17th century (denoting a person believing that he or she is divinely inspired): from French enthousiaste or ecclesiastical Latin enthusiastes member of a heretical sect from Greek enthousiastēs person inspired by a god from the adjective enthous (see enthusiasm).