Why is boyfriend and girlfriend translated as novio and novia instead of amigo and amiga. I thought Novio and novia were for fiancee?

BarbB1Kwiziq community member

Why is boyfriend and girlfriend translated as novio and novia instead of amigo and amiga. I thought Novio and novia were for fiancee?

Asked 7 months ago
Mysterious StrangerKwiziq community member

Amigo/amiga is a platonic friend, novio/novia is romantic. Some places clarify fiancé/fiancée with prometido/prometida but novio/novia is sufficient because context would indicate marriage is imminent 

ShazA2Kwiziq community member

'Amigo' and 'amiga' mean friend. If you are talking about your boyfriend or girlfriend then you use novio/novia respectively. 

Why is boyfriend and girlfriend translated as novio and novia instead of amigo and amiga. I thought Novio and novia were for fiancee?

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