enthusiast vs fancier what difference

what is difference between enthusiast and fancier



From Ancient Greek ἐνθουσιαστής (enthousiastḗs, an enthusiast, a zealot), from ἐνθουσιάζειν (enthousiázein, (intransitive) be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy, (transitive) inspire): see enthusiasm.


  • (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /ɪnˈθʉu̯.ziˌəst/, /-θuː-/, /-æst/
  • (Received Pronunciation, Ireland) IPA(key): /ɪnˈθʊu.ziˌæst/, /-θʉː-/, /-əst/
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɪ̞nˈθʊʉ.ziˌəst/, /en-/, /-θïɯ-/, /-æst/


enthusiast (plural enthusiasts)

  1. A person filled with or guided by enthusiasm.
    Synonyms: addict, aficionado, amateur, fancier, fan, fanatic, fiend, freak, geek, junkie, rooter, maniac, partisan, (computing) power user, (marketing) prosumer, zealot
  2. (archaic) A person exhibiting over-zealous religious fervour.

Related terms


See also

  • -phile

Further reading

  • enthusiast in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • enthusiast in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


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fancy +‎ -er



  1. comparative form of fancy: more fancy


fancier (plural fanciers)

  1. One who fancies; a person with a special interest, attraction or liking for something.
    Synonym: aficionado
    She’s definitely a cat fancier: she has nine of them in her home and the walls are covered with pictures of more.
    • 1956, Popular Gardening and Living Outdoors (volume 7, page 59)
      Even so, most lily fanciers would rather have a colony of goldbands than any other species or hybrids in existence.
  2. A person who breeds or grows a particular animal or plant for points of excellence.
  3. One who fancies or imagines.


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