- 1A person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject: a sports car enthusiastMore example sentences
fan, fanatic, devotee, aficionado, addict, lover, admirer, supporter, follower; expert, wizard, connoisseur, authority, pundit, cognoscente, one of the cognoscenti, savantSouth African • informal fundi
- 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.
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).