Welcome to another edition of the Dominican / English Dictionary, where each week we teach our Casa de Campo community a typical Dominican word, in order to facilitate communication between foreigners and Dominicans.

Our hope is to facilitate a better understanding between Dominicans and foreigners, which is why we’re bringing you one Dominican word per week, to help you comprehend our unusual, yet creative form of speech.

The word of this week is “apero”. Briefly we could say that the word “apero” is used among Dominicans to express when something looks, smells or sounds amazing.

Here is the definition of “apero”:


“Apero” is synonymous of “amazing”, “breathtaking”, “awesome”, “cool” or another word to express surprise or admiration to something well done.

Example 1:

Dominican 1: ¿Viste el carro nuevo de Manuel? /Did you see Manuel’s new car?

Dominican 2: Si, lo vi ayer está muy “apero”Yeah, I saw yesterday it’s really “awesome”

Example 2:

Mi tio me trajó una gorra “aperisima” de Nueva York/ My uncle brought me a very cool cap from New York

*Nota: “aperisimo” is the superlative of “apero”, so Dominicans use this when something is really cool or awesome!

So far we have learnt jumo, guayarse, deguabinao, jartura, yeyo, chepadiqueempepillar, moriqueta, decricaje, motete, pinta, timbí, clavo, chapusero, manganzón, titua, jociador, pecozón, pariguayo, chivato, agallú, arranca’o therefore if you missed out on any of your classes you have time to catch up by clicking on any of these links.