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"Bowl" is a noun which is often translated as "el bol", and "dish" is a noun which is often translated as "el plato". Learn more about the difference between "bowl" and "dish" below.
bowl(
bol
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (deep, round dish)
a. el bol
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I prefer a glass bowl for fruit.Prefiero un bol de cristal para la fruta.
b. el tazón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Pass me the bowl of olives, please.Pásame el tazón de aceitunas, por favor.
c. el cuenco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's a clean bowl for your cereal in the cupboard.Hay un cuenco limpio para el cereal en el armario.
d. el plato sopero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do we have enough bowls to serve the soup to everyone at once?¿Tenemos suficientes platos soperos para servirles el caldo a todos al mismo tiempo?
e. el plato hondo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
When my mother-in-law makes pozole, I serve myself in the biggest bowl I can find.Cuando mi suegra prepara el pozole, me sirvo en el plato hondo más grande que encuentro.
2. (container for washing up)
a. la palangana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Empty the bowl when you've finished washing up.Vacía la palangana cuando termines de fregar los platos.
b. el barreño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm going to let the dishes in the bowl soak.Voy a dejar en remojo los trastes que están en el barreño.
3. (bowl-like part)
a. la cazoleta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a pipe)
The artisan carved out the bowl of the cob to make a pipe.El artesano talló la cazoleta de la mazorca para hacer una pipa.
b. el cuenco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a spoon or glass)
Be careful not to cut yourself when carving the bowl of a wooden spoon.Ten cuidado de no cortarte al tallar el cuenco de una cuchara de madera.
c. la taza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a toilet)
Don't forget to clean the bowl when you're done.Que no se te olvide limpiar la taza cuando acabes.
d. la pila
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a fountain)
Your wish might come true if you toss a coin into the bowl of a fountain.Tu deseo puede hacerse realidad si lanzas una moneda a la pila de una fuente.
4. (measurement)
a. el bol
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How many calories are in a bowl of cereal?¿Cuántas calorías tiene un bol de cereales?
b. el tazón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can you give the banana tree a bowl of water?¿Puedes echarle un tazón de agua al banano?
5. (sports)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el tazón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(competition)
We're going to watch a bowl game on January first.Vamos a ver un partido de tazón el primero de enero.
b. el estadio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(place)
We're not allowed to play ultimate frisbee in the bowl anymore.Ya no nos dejan jugar ultimate frisbee en el estadio.
6. (geography)
a. la cuenca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's noxious smoke coming out of the bowl of the volcano.Hay humo nocivo saliendo de la cuenca del volcán.
7. (ball used in boule or bocci)
a. la bola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I win! My bowl went farther than yours.¡Gano yo! Mi bola llegó más lejos que la tuya.
b. la bocha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My grandfather bought a set of bowls when he was in Italy.Mi abuelo compró un juego de bochas cuando estaba en Italia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (cricket)
a. lanzar
The bowler had to bowl the ball again.El lanzador tuvo que volver a lanzar la pelota.
b. eliminar
Johnson is excited by the prospect of getting to bowl the best batsman.Johnson está entusiasmado con la posibilidad de eliminar al mejor bateador.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (bowling)
a. jugar boliche
It's fun to get together with friends and bowl.Es divertido juntarse con los amigos y jugar boliche.
b. lanzar
Mike is only nine years old and he can already bowl with a ten pound ball.Mike solo tiene nueve años y ya puede lanzar con una bola de diez libras.
bowls
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
10. (sport) (United Kingdom)
a. las bochas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Bowls is making a comeback among the younger generation.Jugar a las bochas vuelve a ser popular entre la nueva generación.
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dish(
dihsh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (tableware)
a. el plato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How many times have I told you to remove your dish from the table when you've finished?¿Cuántas veces te he dicho que quites tu plato de la mesa cuando termines?
b. la fuente
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(serving dish)
Can you pass me the salad dish and the serving spoon, please?¿Me pasas la fuente de ensalada y la cuchara de servir, por favor?
2. (culinary)
a. el plato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Pizza is my favourite Italian dish.La pizza es mi plato favorito de la cocina italiana.
b. el platillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Hominy stew is a typical dish in Mexico City.Es pozole es un platillo típico en el D.F.
3. (television and radio)
a. la antena parabólica
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need to change the position of the dish; we have TV interference again.Tengo que cambiar la orientación de la antena parabólica; la televisión vuelve a tener interferencias.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(attractive person)
a. el bombón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Oh my, he's a dish. Look at those muscles and that smile!Ay, es un bombón. ¡Mira qué músculos y qué sonrisa!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to disclose)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. contar
Are you going to dish the gossip on Tammy's boyfriend or not?¿Vas a contar el chisme sobre el novio de Tammy o no?
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to thwart) (United Kingdom)
a. desbaratar
My mother dished my plans to go out with my friends when she asked me to go to the cinema with her.Mi madre desbarató mis planes de salir con mis amigos al pedirme que fuera con ella al cine.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to gossip)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. hablar
Ok, dish! I want to know everything.Okey, ¡habla! Quiero saber todo.
b. chismear
Let's go grab a coffee and dish.Vamos a tomar un café y chismear.
dishes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (tableware)
a. los platos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Did you wash the dishes already?¿Ya lavaste los platos?
b. los trastes
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
We need to buy special boxes to pack the dishes.Hay que comprar cajas especiales para empacar los trastes.
c. la vajilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
These dishes have to be dried with a special cloth.Se tiene que secar esta vajilla con un trapo especial.
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