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"Padrastro" is a noun which is often translated as "stepfather", and "madrastra" is a noun which is often translated as "stepmother". Learn more about the difference between "padrastro" and "madrastra" below.
padrastro(
pah
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drahs
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troh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (via marriage)
a. stepfather
Al morir la madre, el padrastro se quedó con la custodia de la niña.The stepfather got custody of the child after her mother died.
2. (anatomy)
a. hangnail
Si te arrancas el padrastro en vez de cortarlo, se te infectará la uña.If you pull your hangnail instead of cutting it, your nail will get infected.
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madrastra(
mah
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drahs
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trah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (via marriage)
a. stepmother
Este año voy a pasar la Navidad con mi papá y madrastra.I'm going to spend Christmas with my father and stepmother this year.
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