feminine noun
1. (for camping) (Latin America) 
a. tent 
Armemos la carpa en ese claro antes de que caiga el sol.Let's put up the tent in that clearing before the sun goes down.
2. (canopy) 
a. awning 
En los días que hace mucho sol, usamos una carpa para proteger el patio del sol.On very sunny days, we use an awning to shade the patio.
3. (for events) 
a. big top 
La carpa del circo es blanca y roja.The big top of the circus is red and white.
b. marquee 
La recepción de la boda se celebró en una carpa por la lluvia.The wedding reception was held in a marquee due to the rain.
4. (animal) 
a. carp 
En este lago hay un gran número de peces, especialmente carpas.Large numbers of fish, principally carp, can be found in this lake.
1. (pez) 
a. carp 
2. (de circo) 
a. big top 
3. (en parque, la calle) 
a. marquee 
4. (tienda de campaña) (Latin America) 
a. tent 
(pez) carp
carpa dorada goldfish
1 [de circo] big top
2 (toldo) awning
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (tienda de campaña) tent
4 (México) travelling show
In Mexico a carpa is a travelling show held under a big top. Originating in the nationalistic aftermath of the Mexican revolution, carpas toured agricultural communities and mining towns offering a menu of satire, slapstick humour, dramatic sketches and humorous monologues, as well as acrobatics, tightrope walking and other circus entertainments. It was in the carpa that the Mexican comic character, Cantinflas, started life.
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arma un muchacho una carpa
a boy puts up a tent
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