Word of the Day Archive
Thursday October 9, 2008
aficionado \uh-fish-ee-uh-NAH-doh\ , noun:
An enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
An aficionado of Chinese food, Diffie was also known for carrying around a pair of elegant chopsticks, much the way a serious billiard player totes his favorite cue.
-- Steven Levy, Crypto
Aficionados of spy fiction may find the plot by itself enough to keep them reading -- the book is certainly never boring.
-- Erik Tarloff, "Hanky Versus Panky", New York Times, July 16, 2000
For one thing, they listened to classical records together; Sagan was a real aficionado of the musical masters.
-- Keay Davidson, Carl Sagan: A Life
Aficionado derives from Spanish aficionar, "to induce a liking for," from afición, "a liking for."