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Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Quick Answer

Spanish is full of great nombres de cariño  (terms of endearment) like the following:

  • precioso  = cute, handsome
  • preciosa  = cute, beautiful
  • mi cielo  = honey (literally, my sky)

Read on for even more terms you can use to show your love!

"Beautiful" Terms of Endearment

The nombres de cariño in the list below are all used to say that someone is beautiful, handsome, or cute!

SpanishEnglish
hermoso
 
handsome
hermosa
 
gorgeous
guapo
 
cutie/handsome
guapa
 
cutie/pretty
bonito
 
handsome
bonita
 
beautiful
precioso
 
cutie/handsome
preciosa
 
cutie/beautiful
lindo
 
cutie/handsome
linda
 
cutie/beautiful

For example:

Hermosa, te veo al rato, okey?
Gorgeous, I'll see you in a bit, OK?
 
Ya llegué, guapo. ¿Vamos a cenar?
I'm home, handsome. Should we go get some dinner?
 
¿Qué dices, linda? ¿Vemos una película o vamos a bailar?
What do you think, cutie? Should we watch a movie or go dancing?
 

"Baby" Terms of Endearment

The nombres de cariño in the list below all translate to baby.

SpanishEnglish
nene
 
baby (male)
nena
 
baby (female)
bebé
 
baby

For example:

Nene, ¿a qué hora es nuestro vuelo?
Baby, what time is our flight?
 
¿Puedes venir tantito, bebé?
Can you come here for a second, baby?
 

"My" Terms of Endearment

The nombres de cariño in the next list put a possessive spin on things, as they are commonly used with the possessive adjective mi  (my).

SpanishLiteral TranslationEnglish equivalent
mi cielo
 
my skyhoney or sweetheart
mi reina
 
my queenhoney or sweetheart
mi rey
 
my kinghoney or sweetheart
mi tesoro
 
my treasurehoney or sweetheart
mi alma
 
my soulhoney or sweetheart

For example:

¿Cómo estás, mi cielo?
How are you, honey?
 
Te amo, mi reina. Me haces muy feliz.
I love you, honey. You make me very happy.
 
¡Feliz cumpleaños, mi tesoro!
Happy birthday, sweetheart!
 

Other Terms of Endearment

This last list includes some very common nombres de cariño, as well as some very cutesy ones!

SpanishLiteral TranslationEnglish equivalent
amor
 
lovehoney or sweetheart
amorcito
 
little lovehoney or sweetheart
corazón
 
hearthoney or sweetheart
cariño
 
affectiondear or honey
muñequito
 
little dollhoney or sweetheart
muñequita
 
little dollhoney or sweetheart
chiquis triquis
 
little "triquis"honey bunny or baby cakes
bizcochito
 
little sponge cakecookie, baby cakes, or sweetie pie
corazón de melón
 
melon hearthoney or sweetie pie

For example:

¡Qué lindo está el día, cariño!
What a nice day it is, dear!
 
Mañana empiezan las vacaciones, mi alma.
Vacation starts tomorrow, honey.
 
¡Felicidades, chiquis triquis! ¡Es tu cumple y te voy a consentir!
Congrats, baby cakes! It's your birthday and I'm going to spoil you!
 

The terms of endearment shown here can be used to address a man, a woman, a child, or even a pet!

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