Monday, 15 September 2014


Today's WOTD is: "criado" = servant
In Spanish, “criado” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is servant (male*) as in:
  • El cuento de los Seis Criados de los Hermanos Grimm (the tale of the Six Servants by the Grimm Brothers);
*NB The feminine form “criada” should be used when meaning a female servant / maid. Please note also that a male civil servant is a “funcionario” and a female civil servant is a “funcionaria”.

A related word is the action word/ verb “criar”, to bring up, raise, breed or rear as in:
  • Soliamos criar pollos (we used to breed chickens); 

Also related is the word “malcriado”/ "malcriada", a term often used to refer to a person who is bad-mannered, ill-mannered, rude, or as a kid, a spoiled brat.
  • El hijo de nuestros vecinos es un malcriado (the son of our neighbours is a spoiled brat);

Also related is the word “crianza”, nurturing, raising or upbringing . “Crianza” is a term often used to refer to Spanish wines which have undergone a process of ageing.
  • Un crianza es un vino de calidad (a “crianza” is a quality wine); loves the word "criado" in the YouTube clip: La criada - Amandititita

For more on the word "criado", visit: Criado

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