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[uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh; Spanish ah-fee-thyaw-nah-th aw, ah-fee-syaw-] /əˌfɪʃ yəˈnɑ doʊ; Spanish ɑˌfi θyɔˈnɑ ðɔ, ɑˌfi syɔ-/
noun, plural aficionados
[uh-fish-yuh-nah-dohz; Spanish ah-fee-thyaw-nah-th aws] /əˌfɪʃ yəˈnɑ doʊz; Spanish ɑˌfi θyɔˈnɑ ðɔs/ (Show IPA)
an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.
Also, afficionado.
Origin of aficionado
1835-45; < Spanish: literally, amateur, past participle in -ado -ate1 of aficionar to engender affection, equivalent to afición affection1 + -ar infinitive suffix Unabridged
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  • Renee was a symphony devotee, art aficionado and collector, and a caring and devoted housewife.
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  • Ervin was a cigar aficionado and had a vast collection of the world's finest cigars.
  • Surely some enterprising design aficionado already has fantasies about feathering his breakfast nook.
  • And to appreciate this, you don't even have to be an aficionado of escargots.
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  • The trouble, as any horror buff or late-show aficionado well knows, is pod people.
  • As any self-respecting ink aficionado knows, every tattoo tells a story.
  • For the wildflower aficionado, the park offers nearly a thousand species.
  • For the art aficionado, choose from wildlife-themed prints.
British Dictionary definitions for aficionado


/əˌfɪʃjəˈnɑːdəʊ; Spanish afiθjoˈnaðo/
noun (pl) -dos (-dəʊz; Spanish) (-ðos)
an ardent supporter or devotee: a jazz aficionado
a devotee of bullfighting
Word Origin
Spanish, from aficionar to arouse affection, from aficiónaffection
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Word Origin and History for aficionado

1845, from Spanish aficionado "amateur," specifically "devotee of bullfighting," literally "fond of," from afición "affection," from Latin affectionem (see affection). "Most sources derive this word from the Spanish verb aficionar but the verb does not appear in Spanish before 1555, and the word aficionado is recorded in the 1400's" [Barnhart]. In English, originally of devotees of bullfighting; in general use by 1882.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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