Translation of serio in English:

serio

(-ria)

adjetivo/adjective

  • 1 (poco sonriente) serious con pinta de intelectual, seriecito y callado with an intellectual, rather serious o/or solemn and quiet air qué cara más seria ¿qué te ha pasado? what a long face, what's the matter? [familiar/colloquial] al oír la noticia se puso muy serio his expression became very serious o/or grave when he heard the news qué serio estás hoy ¿estás preocupado? you're looking very serious today, are you worried about something? como no obedezcas voy a tener que ponerme serio contigo if you don't do as I say I'm going to get annoyed with you
  • 2 (sensato, responsable) un empleado serio y trabajador a responsible o/or reliable, hardworking employee no es serio que nos digan una cosa y luego hagan otra it's no way to treat people ( o/or to conduct business etc) saying one thing and then doing another no confío en él, es muy poco serio I don't trust him, he is very unreliable son todos profesionales muy serios they are all dedicated professionals
  • 3 3.1 (no frívolo, importante) serious ha hecho cine serio y también comedias tontas y frívolas he's made serious movies as well as silly, lighthearted comedies es un serio aspirante al título he's a serious contender for the title 3.2en serio [hablar] seriously, in earnest bueno, vamos a ponernos a trabajar en serio right (then), let's get down to some serious work ¿lo dices en serio? are you (being) serious? o seriously? o do you really mean it? se toma muy en serio su carrera she takes her career very seriously esto va en serio, está muriéndose this is serious, he's dying y esto va en serio and I really mean it o/or and I'm serious about this no se toma nada en serio he doesn't take anything seriously mira que te lo digo en serio I mean it, you know

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.