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"Briefs" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los calzones", and "knickers" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los pantalones bombachos". Learn more about the difference between "briefs" and "knickers" below.
briefs
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (women's underwear)
a. los calzones
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Do you prefer cotton or lycra briefs?¿Prefieres los calzones de algodón o de lycra?
b. las bragas
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
These lace briefs are on sale.Estas bragas de encaje están de oferta.
2. (men's underwear)
a. los calzoncillos
(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).
My brother forgot to pack briefs.Mi hermano se olvidó de empacar calzoncillos.
b. los calzones
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
My wife gave me some very modern briefs as a birthday present.Mi esposa me regaló unos calzones muy modernos como regalo de cumpleaños.
brief
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of short duration)
a. breve
We went for a brief walk to breathe some fresh air.Fuimos a hacer una breve caminata para tomar aire fresco.
b. corto
The train ride seemed very brief.El viaje en tren se me hizo muy corto.
4. (concise)
a. breve
The president's announcement was brief but powerful.El anuncio del presidente fue breve pero impactante.
b. sucinto
They only gave us a brief explanation.No nos dieron más que una explicación sucinta.
5. (clothing)
a. sucinto
My son got it into his head to wear some brief, yellow shorts.A mi hijo se le metió en la cabeza ponerse un sucinto short de color amarillo.
b. diminuto
I saw her at the beach wearing a brief bikini.La vi en la playa con un biquini diminuto.
c. corto (skirt)
She was wearing a very brief skirt and high heels.Llevaba puesta una falda cortísima con unos taconazos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (legal)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el escrito
(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).
The lawyer already sent the brief with his defense arguments.El abogado envió ya el escrito con los argumentos de la defensa.
7. (legal) (United Kingdom)
a. el caso
(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).
None of the barristers want to work on this brief.Ninguno de los abogados quiere trabajar en este caso.
8. (scope of responsibility) (United Kingdom)
a. la competencia
(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).
We have identified the problem, however, solving it is not part of our brief.Nosotros hemos identificado el problema, ahora bien, resolverlo no entra dentro de nuestra competencia.
9. (instructions) (United Kingdom)
a. las instrucciones
(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).
His brief was to negotiate a treaty between his brother-in-law, the king of France, and his father, the Pope.Tenía instrucciones de negociar un tratado entre su cuñado, el rey de Francia, y su padre, el Papa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to inform)
a. informar
The police briefed us on the progress of the investigation.La policía nos informó sobre el progreso de la investigación.
b. instruir
The judge has to brief the jury on the laws having a bearing on the case.El juez tiene que instruir al jurado sobre las leyes que inciden en el caso.
11. (to give orders)
a. dar instrucciones a
The general briefed the soldiers on their mission.El general dio instrucciones a los soldados para su misión.
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knickers
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (short trousers)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. los pantalones bombachos
(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).
He was wearing knickers of some thick stretchy material, and long woolen socks.Llevaba pantalones bombachos de una tela gruesa y elástica, con medias largas de lana.
2. (ladies' underwear) (United Kingdom)
a. los calzones
(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 Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
What color knickers are you wearing?¿De qué color son los calzones que llevas puestos?
b. las bragas
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I don't want the doctor to see me in my knickers.No quiero que el médico me vea en bragas.
c. la bombacha
(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).
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Paraguay
(Paraguay)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
(River Plate)
I took a clean pair of knickers in case I stayed overnight.Llevé una bombacha limpia por si acaso me quedaba a pasar la noche.
d. las pantaletas
(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).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
I bought a bra with matching knickers.Me compré un brasier con pantaletas a juego.
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