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Definition of Chévere

Chévere is a neologism, a word that refers to many meanings within itself but all of them have the same origin, that is, chévere refers to purely positive adjectives such as cute, wonderful, fine, rich, divine, great, among others.

It is widely used in Colombia and Venezuela, as well as in many countries. It is always used to refer to a beautiful woman, an attractive man, a funny situation or an exquisite dish.


  1. Cute
  2. Nice
  3. Nice
  4. Nice
  5. Cool
  6. Divine
  7. Tasty
  8. Gallant
  9. Beautiful
  10. Wonderful
  11. Funny


There are many theories about the origin of this word, which in the Hispanic world has become complex due to its infinite synonyms, although the theory that seems to fit best with the current meaning is that chévere comes from the word “sebede”.

This expression denotes that a person dresses up a lot or decorates himself too much, from there it is believed that it can derive the meaning of “guapa” and the rest is history.

Another theory refers to the African word cheche, however, due to its almost antonymous meaning, it is not taken as an accurate theory, although some historians put it into practice.

Many people believe that chévere refers to the name of a lord of the nobility of the fifteenth century, called William of Croy (1458-1521), Lord of Chièvres, although it might seem that the word comes from there, many discard it for not having a fundamental basis that the meaning now lies there.


It is believed that its use began among people of African descent, that is, it started in countries of black descent and then, as cultural mixing took place, it spread until today almost all Latin American countries use the word chévere in their slang.