Aficionado

Pronunciation: [ uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh ]

Definition: noun

a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime

Origin: Mid 19th century; Latin


Etymology: from Spanish, ‘amateur’, past participle of aficioner ‘become fond of’ used as a noun, based on Latin affectio(n-) ‘(favorable) disposition towards’


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • devotee

  • adorer

  • enthusiast

  • fan

  • connoisseur

  • expert

  • authority

  • specialist

  • pundit

Antonyms:

  • hater

  • unenthusiastic

  • uninformed

Example: Sally was an aficionado of the finest wines in the world.

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