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From Old Spanish fambre (compare Ladino ambre), from Vulgar Latin *faminem, from Latin famēs, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰə- (to disappear).



hambre f (plural hambres)

  1. hunger
    ¿Qué te parece si comemos? - No tengo hambre.
    Do you want dinner? - I'm not hungry.
    Sí, me muero de hambre. - Yes, I am dying of hunger.

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The feminine noun hambre is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed a sound in that it takes the definite article el (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:

el hambre

However, if an adjective intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.

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