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Aficionado Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    aficionado n
  1. a fan of bull fighting
  2. a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Aficionado'


A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person with a liking and enthusiasm for something. Fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm by being a member of a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or by promoting the object of their interest and attention.

Paul Dickson, in his Dickson Baseball Dictionary, cites William Henry Nugent's work that claims it comes from fancy, a 19th century term from England that referred mainly to followers of boxing. According to that unsupported explanation, it was originally shortened to fance then just to the homonym fans. However, Merriam-Webster, the Oxford dictionary and other recognized sources define it as a shortened version of the word fanatic, and the word did first become popular in reference to an enthusiastic follower of a baseball team. (Fanatic itself, introduced into English around 1550, means "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion". It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning "insanely but divinely inspired". The word originally pertained to a temple or sacred place . The modern sense of "extremely zealous" dates from around 1647; the use of fanatic as a noun dates from 1650.) However, the term "fancy" for an intense liking of something, while being of a different etymology, coincidentally carries a less intense but somewhat similar connotation to "fanatic". The word emerged as an Americanism around 1889.

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  • Glasgow woman tackles all Comm sports
    Glasgow local Paula McGuire has gone from couch potato to sports aficionado by trying all 17 Commonwealth Games sports before Glasgow 2014 kicks off. Read more on this news related to 'Aficionado'
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    Albuquerque-based hoodie aficionado Anders Hsi figured he had designed the ultimate urban sweatshirt, the Visor: Stealth Hoodie. Then Hsi stumbled on another use for it: helping the homeless gain some privacy. Indeed, on the hoodie’s fully funded Kickstarter page, Hsi wrote that he originally thought the hi-tech hoodie would be “indispensable on those inhospit Read more on this news related to 'Aficionado'
  • The Ateneo Blue Eagles rise to the occasion
    MANILA, Philippines – “Ateneo has no edge whatsoever over La Salle.” “I don’t think any basketball aficionado will give us a chance against La Salle.” Following his team’s season-opening win over the Adamson Falcons, Coach Bo Perasol held no punches when stating that he felt his team was up ... Read more on this news related to 'Aficionado'

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