How to Say: The Family

Silvia Donati | Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:01
La famiglia

We all know how important family is in Italian society. Italian families tend to maintain strong bonds over generations, spending time together and caring for each other.  

Let’s start with the pillars of an Italian family: i nonni!

Nonni – grandparents

Nonno – grandfather/grandpa

Nonna – grandmother/grandma

Then come the parents, i genitori, to whom children, i figli, tend to remain very close throughout their lives (taken to the extreme, this may produce i mammoni, mama’s boys).

Genitori – parents

Padre – father

Papà or Babbo – Dad

Madre – mother

Mamma – Mom/Mum

Figli – children

Figlio – son

Figlia – daughter

Fratello – brother

Sorella – sister

Other relatives include:

Zio – uncle

Zia – aunt

Cugino / Cugina – cousin

Nipote – nephew/niece/grandson/granddaughter; or, given Italians’ affection for diminutives, nipotino / nipotina

Marito – husband

Moglie – wife

Cognato – brother-in-law

Cognata – sister-in-law

Suocero – father-in-law

Suocera – mother-in-law