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Almost every person, learning Spanish in Medellin, wonders what “parcero” means…

When travelling around Colombia it is very common to hear expressions like:

¡Hey Parcero! ¿Qué haces parce?

And then you go…

Don’t worry because in this article you’ll learn everything about “parce“, “parcero” or “parcerito“.

First, check this video where Colombians from different regions

Meaning of “Parcero” – Colombian Explanation

Did you have trouble understanding the video?

No problem… we’ll tell you the main conclusions about the origin, usage and meaning of this Colombian Spanish word.

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1. “Parcero” is a “Paisa” Word

“Parce” or “Pacero” are mainly used by the “paisas” (people from Antioquia, which is the region where Medellin is located).

This doesn’t mean people from Bogota or Cartagena don’t use the word…

EVERYBODY in Colombia (and maybe southamerica) understands what parcero means.

Medellin Silletera

2. Origin of “Parcero”

 

There are many theories about where “parcero” came from but the most accepted one is that “parcero” came from “parceiro”, a word in Portuguese which means partner.

How the word “travelled” from Brazil to Medellín remains a mystery…

However, this may explain why Colombian and Brazilian soccer players are “parceros” with each other. 

3. “Parcero” Meaning

 

In Colombia, “Parce”, Parcero” or “Parcerito” is an informal why to say friend.

Other translations to English slang could be mate, bro, or buddy.

“Parcero” also means friendly:

“Él es parcero de todo el mundo” – He is friendly with everybody

4. How and when to use “Parcero

If you are in Medellín, the use of “parcero” will help you create a bond with the “paisas”.

Bogota’s word for “parcero” is “amigo” or “vecino”.

In Cartagena it is better to say “compa“.

Don’t use the word with people over 50. The word is not very accepted by older people.

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