- an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.
Origin of aficionado
Examples from the Web for aficionado
So she was an aficionado of classical music, for soundtracks or otherwise?‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
For the aficionado or the neophyte, Comics is a useful overview of a richly creative period in a burgeoning art.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
Each is expertly introduced by Michael Sims, an aficionado of the genre.This Week’s Hot Reads, January 2, 2012
January 4, 2012
Since, then I have become an aficionado of the publicly uttered F-word.A Short History of the F-Bomb
April 21, 2011
Shushannah Walshe came aboard as our Sarah Palin aficionado.The Daily Beast Turns 2!
October 5, 2010
Every man and boy in Spain is an aficionado, a bullfight "fan," a frantic bullfight "bug."The Wolf Cub
- an ardent supporter or devoteea jazz aficionado
- a devotee of bullfighting
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.