Quick answer
"Cell" is a noun which is often translated as "la celda", and "phone" is a noun which is often translated as "el teléfono". Learn more about the difference between "cell" and "phone" 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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phone(
fon
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (medium)
a. el teléfono
(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's on the phone right now. Can I take a message?Ahora mismo está en el teléfono. ¿Quiere dejar un mensaje?
2. (device)
a. el teléfono
(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 have to buy a new phone because I dropped mine in the toilet.Tengo que comprar un teléfono nuevo porque el mío se me cayó al inodoro.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to call)
a. llamar
Can you phone me back in an hour?¿Me puede volver a llamar dentro de una hora?
b. telefonear
Why don't you phone your mother and ask her?¿Por qué no telefoneas a tu madre y le preguntas?
c. hablarle a
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Have you phoned the dentist for an appointment?¿Le has hablado al dentista para pedir cita?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to make a call)
a. llamar
Shall we phone for a taxi?¿Llamamos a un taxi?
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