Spanish word of the week: fiebre

la fiebre NOUN temperature; fever

You’re most likely to come across fiebre referring to someone’s temperature, for which it’s the usual word:

No tenía fiebre. He didn’t have a temperature.
La enfermedad lo mantiene en cama con 40 grados de fiebre. The illness is keeping him in bed with a temperature of 40 degrees.
Le ha bajado la fiebre. Her temperature has come down.

It also has the same meaning – fever – as the English word it resembles.

la fiebre amarilla yellow fever

In this meaning it can also be used metaphorically:

la fiebre del oro gold fever
la fiebre electoral election fever

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