Italian family vocabulary

The family is a very important topic in Italian culture, and for this reason learning the Italian family vocabulary may be very useful. Our main aim as Italian teachers is to help you improve your Italian level and fluency. We know that learning new words makes students feel more confident when they communicate in a new language, so let’s learn some Italian vocabulary.


There are many words used to describe the different family members, especially if we also include the extended family. So, we suggest that you start by learning the first list of terms, and then memorize the other words little by little. Remember to also pay attention to the gender of the nouns because it is very important in the Italian language.

Italian family vocabulary:

Famiglia (f) = family
Genitori (m, pl) = parents
Padre (m) = father
Papà (m) = dad, daddy
Madre (f) = mother
Mamma (f) = mum, mummy
Marito (m) = husband
Moglie (f) = wife
Figlio (m) = son
Figlia (f) = daughter
Fratello (m) = brother
Sorella (f) = sister
Zio (m) = uncle
Zia (f) = aunt
Cugino (m) = cousin
Cugina (f) = cousin
Nonno (m) = grandfather
Nonna (f) = grandmother
Nonni (pl) = grandparents
Bisnonno (m) = great-grandfather
Bisnonna (f) = great-grandmother
Nipote (m) = nephew / grandson
Nipote (f) = niece / granddaughter
Pronipote (m) = great-grandchild
Pronipote (f) = great-granddaughter

Other Italian words related to the family are:

Parenti (mpl)= relatives
Genero (m) = son-in-law
Nuora (f) = daughter-in-law
Suocero (m) = father-in-law
Suocera (f) = mother-in-law
Cognato (m) = brother-in-law
Cognata (f) = sister-in-law
Padrino (m)= godfather
Madrina (f)= godmother
Patrigno (m)= stepfather
Matrigna (f)= stepmother
Fratellastro (m)= stepbrother
Sorellastra (f)= stepsister
Fidanzato (m) = boyfriend
Fidanzata (f) = girlfriend

Now, watch the video below and discover how to pronounce these Italian words related to the family:

When you are learning a foreign language, constant practice is essential to become fluent. Therefore, dedicating daily time to the study of the Italian language by listening to videos, doing exercises and practicing the Italian pronunciation will allow you to advance quickly in your learning process. We know that for self-taught students that could be boring and for this reason we strongly recommend our private Italian lessons with native and qualified Italian tutors who will help you improve your Italian level in a fun and easy way.

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