Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday February 15, 2010

cuñado, noun:
brother-in-law

Mastering basic family words is useful, so that when you get to know Hispanic families, you know who’s who. The word for brother-in-law is el cuñado.

Mi cuñado me prestó el coche.
My brother-in-law lent me his automobile.

The word for sister-in-law is la cuñada. As with other words for relatives, the plural masculine form can refer to both males and females:

Por suerte, me llevo muy bien con todos mis cuñados.
Fortunately I get on very well with all my brothers- and sisters-in-law.


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