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enthusiast Line breaks: en|thu¦si|ast
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈθjuːzɪast/

Definition of enthusiast in English:


1A person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject: a sports car enthusiast
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  • Unless you are an enthusiast for such things, these annual events don't have a ‘wow’ factor.
  • 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.
  • A breathless enthusiast for the wired world, he writes well enough to take happy Luddites such as me along with him.
expert, wizard, connoisseur, authority, pundit, cognoscente, one of the cognoscenti, savant
informal buff, freak, nut, fiend, maniac, ninja, ham, a great one for
North American informal maven, geek, jock, nerd
South African informal fundi
2 archaic, 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).

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