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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for aficionados


/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 aficionados



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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