Quick answer
"Cell" is a noun which is often translated as "la celda", and "cellphone" is a noun which is often translated as "el teléfono celular". Learn more about the difference between "cell" and "cellphone" below.
cell(
sehl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (place)
a. la celda
(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).
Prisoners were only let out of their cells for one hour a day.Se les permitía a los reclusos salir de sus celdas solo durante una hora al día.
2. (of honeycomb)
a. la celda
(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).
It has a hexagonal structure, just like the cells of a honeycomb.Tiene una estructura hexagonal, como las celdas de un panal.
3. (biology)
a. la célula
(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).
Cells undergo changes which, in some cases, can lead to cancer.Las células sufren cambios que, en algunos casos, pueden provocar cáncer.
4. (electricity)
a. 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 battery)
The battery has three 1.5V cells.La batería tiene tres pilas de 1.5 V.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(electronics)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el celular
(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 have my cell number?¿Tienes mi número de celular?
b. el móvil
(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 Spain
(Spain)
He's not answering his cell.No contesta su móvil.
6. (politics)
a. la célula
(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).
The party maintained cells in workplaces and colleges.El partido mantenía células en los lugares de trabajo y los colegios.
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cellphone(
sehl
-
fon
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mobile phone)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el teléfono celular
(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)
Some people have given up their landlines and exclusively use their cellphones.Algunas personas han renunciado a sus teléfonos fijos y utilizan exclusivamente el teléfono celular.
b. el celular
(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)
Remember to charge your cellphone before you leave for the airport.Acuérdate de cargar tu celular antes de partir al aeropuerto.
c. el teléfono móvil
(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 Spain
(Spain)
My cellphone fell into a puddle yesterday.Ayer se me cayó el teléfono móvil en un charco.
d. el móvil
(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 Spain
(Spain)
His cellphone rang during the movie and people told him to turn it off.Sonó su móvil durante la película y la gente le dijo que lo apagara.
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