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rey
masculine noun
1. king
  • los Reyes the King and Queen
  • hablando del rey de Roma talk o speak of the devil
  • (Día de) Reyes Epiphany
  • los Reyes Católicos (6 January, day on which children receive presents) the Spanish Catholic monarchs Ferdinand V and Isabella
  • los Reyes Magos the Three Kings, the Three Wise Men
  • ¿qué les vas a pedir a los Reyes (Magos)? ? what are you going to ask Father Christmas for?
  • el rey de la selva the king of the jungle
rey
1 (monarca) king
los Reyes inauguraron la exposición the King and Queen opened the exhibition; los Reyes Católicos the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile; (Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile) el rey de la selva the king of the jungle
se cree el rey del mambo he really fancies himself (familiar); he thinks he's the bee's knees (familiar)
hablando del rey de Roma (por la puerta asoma) talk of the devil (and he'll appear)
lo mismo me da rey que roque it's all the same to me; it's all one to me
ni rey ni roque no-one at all; not a single living soul
a rey muerto rey puesto off with the old, on with the new
rey de armas (Hist) king of arms
2 Reyes (fecha) Epiphany
los Reyes Magos the Magi; the Three Kings; the Three Wise Men; ¿qué te han traído los Reyes? what did Father Christmas bring you?
3 (en ajedrez, naipes) king
4 (uso apelativo) pet (familiar)
anda, rey, cómetelo todo come on, pet, eat it all up (familiar)
adjective
el fútbol es el deporte rey football is the king of sports
In the Spanish-speaking world, los Reyes or El Día de Reyes is the day when people traditionally receive presents for the Christmas season. When they go to bed on January 5, children leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors or by their windows in the expectation that the Reyes Magos (Wise Men) will leave presents beside them. They may already have written letters to SS.MM. los Reyes Magos de Oriente with a list of what they would like. For Reyes it is traditional to eat Roscón de Reyes, a ring-shaped cake studded with frosted fruits and containing a little trinket or coin.
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