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"Enamorado" is an adjective which is often translated as "in love", and "novio" is a noun which is often translated as "boyfriend". Learn more about the difference between "enamorado" and "novio" below.
enamorado(
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nah
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moh
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rah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (romantic love; often used with "de")
a. in love
Mi primo está enamorado de mi mejor amiga.My cousin is in love with my best friend.
¡Estás enamorada y no lo puedes negar!You're in love and you can't hide it!
2. (prone to falling in love) (Southern Cone)
a. romantic
Julio es muy enamorado; cada semana cree que acaba de conocer a la chica perfecta.Julio is a romantic; every week he thinks he's met the perfect girl.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (romantic partner)
a. lover
Se ve con su enamorada todos los días.He meets his lover every day.
4. (fan)
a. lover
Si eres un enamorado de las artes marciales, te encantará está película.If you're a martial arts lover, you'll love this film.
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el novio, la novia(
noh
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byoh
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (significant other)
a. boyfriend (masculine)
Su novio viene a verla todos los días.Her boyfriend comes to visit her every day.
b. girlfriend (feminine)
Enrique invitó su novia a cenar en un restaurante elegante.Enrique treated his girlfriend to dinner in a chic restaurant.
2. (person getting married)
a. groom (masculine)
El novio llegó a la iglesia en limusina.The groom arrived at the church in a limousine.
b. bridegroom (masculine)
La madre del novio lo acompañó hasta la entrada de la iglesia.The bridegrooms's mother accompanied him to the church entrance.
c. bride (feminine)
La novia llevaba un vestido precioso.The bride wore a beautiful dress.
3. (engaged person)
a. fiancé (masculine)
Su novio le regaló un anillo enorme.Her fiancé gave her a huge ring.
b. fiancée (feminine)
Samuel y su novia se van a casar en junio.Samuel and his fiancée are going to get married in June.
novios
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (couple being married)
a. bride and groom
Los novios bailaron mientras los invitados miraban.The bride and groom danced as the guests looked on.
5. (dating couple)
a. couple
No sabía que Juanjo y Rosa eran novios.I didn't know Juanjo and Rosa were a couple.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Desde cuándo son novios?How long have they been dating?
Fueron amigos durante años y después se hicieron novios.They were friends for years and then they started going out.
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