Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for aficionado
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Every man and boy in Spain is an aficionado, a bullfight "fan," a frantic bullfight "bug."

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for aficionado

Word Value for aficionado

Scrabble Words With Friends