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See also: avo, avos, AVO, avó, avós, avo-, and -avo



From Old Galician-Portuguese avoo, from Vulgar Latin *av(i)olum, ultimately from Latin avus, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éwh₂os (grandfather).



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  • Rhymes: -o
  • Hyphenation: a‧vô


avô m (plural avôs, feminine avó, feminine plural avós)

  1. grandfather, male grandparent
    Synonym: (Brazil, childish) vovô
    Antonym: avó

Usage notes[edit]

Avô has two plural forms, avôs and avós. The former (os avôs) means exclusively a group of two or more men (cf. English grandfathers), the latter (os avós) is used for a group of both men and women (cf. English grandparents). Both are masculine nouns. The plural of avó (grandmother) is a regular feminine noun (as avós) and means grandmothers. This is one of the few Portuguese nouns that have a tripartite plural inflection, the others being sogro, consogro, tio-avô, bisavô and other derived terms.

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

  • neto (grandson)
  • neta (granddaughter)