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Line breaks: afi¦cion|ado
Pronunciation: /əˌfɪsjəˈnɑːdəʊ
, -ˌfɪʃjə-/

Definition of aficionado in English:

noun (plural aficionados)

A person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime: a crossword aficionado
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.


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).

  • 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

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