espada
feminine noun
1. sword (arma)
  • estar entre la espada y la pared -> to be between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • ser una espada de dos filos o de doble filo -> to be a double-edged o two-edged sword
  • la espada de Damocles -> the sword of Damocles
  • el pago de la hipoteca era una espada de Damocles para la familia -> the family always had the mortgage payments hanging over them
2. = any card in the “espadas” suit
  • espadas -> = suit in Spanish deck of cards, with the symbol of a sword
masculine noun
3. matador (bullfighting)
adjective invariable
also:
  • pez espada -> swordfish

espada [es-pah’-dah]
noun
1. Sword (arma). (f)
2. Swordsman (persona). (f)
3. Ace of spades, or any card in the suit of spades. (f)
4. Swordfish. (Zoology) (f)
5. The bullfighter who kills the bull with a sword. (f)
  • Espada blanca -> sword
  • Espada negr -> or de esgrima, foil, a blunt sword used in fencing
  • Entrar con espada en mano -> to attack sword in hand; to enter upon an affair supporting one’s own business strongly
  • Hombre de capa y espada -> a person of no profession
  • Primer espada -> the head bullfighter
  • Verse entre la espada y la pared -> to be driven to the wall, to be surrounded by danger
  • Es una buena espada -> he is a good or dexterous swordsman
  • Espada ancha or espada de a caballo -> Broadsword; dragoon’s sabre

espada
1 (arma) sword
poner a algn a espada to put sb to the sword
estar hecho una espada to be as thin as a rake o rail; (EEUU)
estar entre la espada y la pared to be between the devil and the deep blue sea
la espada de Damocles the Sword of Damocles
2 espadas (Naipes) one of the suits in the Spanish card deck, represented by a sword
note See culture box in entry baraja.
(Taur) matador; bullfighter

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