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From Vulgar Latin *novius < Latin novus ‎(new). Compare with the Portuguese noivo.


novio m ‎(plural novios, feminine novia)

  1. boyfriend; fiancé; romantic partner
  2. (wedding) groom

Usage notes[edit]

The noun novio 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.

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