Definition of aficionado in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌfiSHəˈnädō/
Pronunciation: /əˌfisyəˈnädō/

noun (plural aficionados)

A person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime: aficionados of the finest wines
More example sentences
  • Still, his aficionado's enthusiasm for Wagner's operas numbs him to the sensitivities and dilemmas of others.
  • Christmas comes early for opera aficionados and classical music enthusiasts.
  • To architectural aficionados and style buffs, it's the only one of the many property programmes worth watching.
connoisseur, expert, authority, specialist, pundit, cognoscente;
enthusiast, devotee
informal fan, buff, freak, nut, fiend, maniac, fanatic, addict, junkie


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-) '(favorable) disposition toward' (see affection).

  • This started out as a term for a devotee of bullfighting. It is a Spanish word meaning ‘amateur’, now used to describe any ardent follower of an activity. Examples of this extended usage date from the 1880s. Compare amateur

Words that rhyme with aficionado

amontillado, avocado, Bardo, Barnardo, bastinado, bravado, Colorado, desperado, Dorado, eldorado, incommunicado, Leonardo, Mikado, muscovado, Prado, renegado, Ricardo, stifado

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Syllabification: a·fi·ci·o·na·do

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