usage note
The plural of “salvavidas” is “salvavidas.”
salvavidas
masculine noun
1. (nautical) 
a. life jacket (jacket) 
Ponte el salvavidas antes de subirte a la balsa.Put on your life jacket before you get into the raft.
b. life preserver (ring) (United States) 
En cualquier embarcación, es obligatorio tener un salvavidas por pasajero.It is mandatory to have one life preserver per passenger on any boat.
c. life belt (ring) (United Kingdom) 
¡Hombre al agua! ¡Arrójenle un salvavidas!Man overboard! Throw him a life belt!
feminine or masculine noun
2. (person) 
a. lifeguard 
En esa playa siempre hay un salvavidas.There's always a lifeguard on that beach.
adjective
3. (life-saving) 
Un torpedo impactó el barco pero pudimos subirnos a un bote salvavidas.A torpedo struck the ship but we were able to get into a lifeboat.
No se ahogó gracias a que llevaba chaleco salvavidas.She didn't drown only because she was wearing her life jacket.
salvavidas
adjective
1. (general) 
bote salvavidaslifeboat
chaleco salvavidaslifejacket
Noun
2. (chaleco) 
a. lifejacket 
3. (flotador) 
a. lifebelt 
salvavidas
(flotador) lifebelt; life preserver; (EEUU) (chaleco) life jacket;
adjective
life-saving
bote salvavidas lifeboat; cinturón salvavidas lifebelt; life preserver; (EEUU) chaleco salvavidas life jacket
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