abuelo

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Hiligaynon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish abuelo.

Noun[edit]

abuélo

  1. grandfather

Spanish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aˈbue.lo/, [äˈβwe̞.lo̞], [äˈwe̞.lo̞], [äˈɣwe̞.lo̞]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly, from Vulgar Latin *aviōlus, from Classical Latin avus (from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éwh₂os ‎(grandfather)) + -olus.[1]. Compare Portuguese avô, Galician avó, Asturian güelu, French aïeul.

Noun[edit]

abuelo m ‎(plural abuelos, feminine abuela)

  1. grandfather
    Su abuelo es simpático.
    His grandfather is nice.
  2. (colloquial, affectionate) an elderly person
  3. loose tufts of hair in the nape when one's hair is messed up

Usage notes[edit]

The noun abuelo is like several other Spanish nouns with a human referent. The masculine forms are used when the referent is known to be male, a group of males, a group of mixed or unknown gender, or an individual of unknown or unspecified gender. The feminine forms are used if the referent is known to be female or a group of females.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (loose tufts of hair): tolano

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joan Coromines, Breve Diccionario Etimológico de la Lengua Castellana