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[uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh; Spanish ah-fee-thyaw-nah-th aw, ah-fee-syaw-]
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noun, plural a·fi·cio·na·dos [uh-fish-yuh-nah-dohz; Spanish ah-fee-thyaw-nah-th aws] /əˌfɪʃ yəˈnɑ doʊz; Spanish ɑˌfi θyɔˈnɑ ðɔs/.
  1. an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.
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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
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Related Words

enthusiast, devotee, connoisseur, fanatic

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  • 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


noun plural -dos (-dəʊz, Spanish -ðos)
  1. an ardent supporter or devoteea jazz aficionado
  2. a devotee of bullfighting
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Word Origin

Spanish, from aficionar to arouse affection, from afición affection
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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.

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