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spades is the plural form of spade.
spade
noun
1. (tool) 
a. la pala (F) 
Our eccentric neighbor began digging a ditch around his house with just a spade.Nuestro vecino eccéntrico comenzó a cavar una zanja alrededor de su casa con solo una pala.
2. (card games) 
a. la pica (F) 
Cindy realized that Fred had to have the last spade in the deck.Cindy se dio cuenta de que Fred habría de tener la última pica en la baraja.
b. la espada (F) (Spanish deck) 
Diego was dealt a hand without a single spade.Le repartieron a Diego una mano sin una sola espada.
3. (extremely offensive) (old-fashioned) (black person) 
a. el negro (M)la negra (F) 
He was called a spade and told he wasn't welcome.Lo llamaron negro y le dijeron que no era bienvenido.
spade
Noun
1. (tool) 
a. la pala (F) 
to call a spade a spadellamar a las cosas por su nombre, llamar al pan pan y al vino vino
2. (in cards) 
spadespicas fpl
spade [speɪd]
noun
1 (tool) pala (f)
to call a spade a spade llamar al pan pan y al vino vino
2 spades (Cards) picas (f); picos (m); (in Spanish pack) espadas (f)
the three of spades el tres de espadas; to play spades jugar espadas; to play a spade jugar una espada
Not only had we beat the odds, we had won in spades! we needn't have worried, you guys came through in spades
3 negroanegra (m) (f);a negra
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