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From Old Spanish fambre, fanbre, famne (compare Ladino ambre), from Vulgar Latin *faminem (possibly the accusative of a variant nominative form *famen or *famis)[1], from Classical Latin famēs, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰH- (to disappear). Compare also Portuguese fome, Galician fame, dialectal Occitan hame, Sardinian fámine, famen. Cognate with English famine, famish.


  • IPA(key): /ˈambɾe/, [ˈãmbɾe]
  • Rhymes: -ambɾe
  • Hyphenation: ham‧bre


hambre f (plural hambres)

  1. hunger
    ¿Qué te parece si comemos? - No tengo hambre.
    What do you think if we eat now? - I'm not hungry.
    Sí, me muero de hambre.
    Yes, I'm starving.
    (literally, “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, even one that begins with a stressed a sound such as alta or ancha, intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.

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