Quick answer
"Clothing" is a noun which is often translated as "la ropa", and "shade" is a noun which is often translated as "la sombra". Learn more about the difference between "clothing" and "shade" below.
clothing(
klo
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thihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (clothes)
a. la ropa
(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 earthquake victims are in need of food, clothing, and blankets.Las víctimas del terremoto necesitan comida, ropa y frazadas.
b. la vestimenta
(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 recognized him by his outlandish clothing.Lo reconocí por su vestimenta estrafalaria.
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shade(
sheyd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (dark area)
a. la sombra
(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 sun is too hot. Let's move into the shade.Hace mucho sol. Vamos a la sombra.
2. (degree of color)
a. el tono
(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 about this shade of blue for the bedroom walls?¿Qué te parece este tono de azul para las paredes de la habitación?
b. la matiz
(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 car comes in different shades of red.El carro está disponible en matices distintos de rojo.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(ghost)
a. el fantasma
(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).
They say that the beheaded bellhop still walks the hotel as a shade.Se dice que el botones degollado aún anda por el hotel como fantasma.
4. (lampshade)
a. la pantalla
(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).
When you turn on the lamp, you can see the painting on its shade.Cuando enciendes la lámpara, se puede ver la pintura sobre la pantalla.
5. (slight amount)
a. la pizca
(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 loved the movie but it was just a shade too long.Me encantó la película pero resultó una pizca larga.
b. el poquito
(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 Chemisty final was a shade more difficult than the first examEl final de Química fue un poquito más difícil que el primer examen.
c. el poquitín
(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 beans from the casada are missing just a shade of salt.A los frijoles de la casada les falta un poquitín de sal.
6. (art)
a. la sombra
(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 used watered down black paint to add shade and texture to the bathroom walls.Rebajé pintura negra con agua y la usé para hacer sombras y un diseño a las paredes del baño.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to protect from sunlight)
a. dar sombra
Those oak trees shade the house the whole year.Esos robles le dan sombra a la casa todo el año.
b. proteger del sol
Park over there where the house will shade the car.Estaciona allá donde la casa proteja el auto del sol.
8. (art)
a. sombrear
The artist spent 30 minutes shading just the torso of his portrait.El artista pasó 30 minutos sombreando solo el torso de su retrato.
shades
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sunglasses)
a. los anteojos de sol
(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 skiing, but I can't find my gloves or my shades.Voy a ir a esquiar, pero no encuentro ni los guantes ni los anteojos de sol.
b. las gafas de sol
(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).
Aviators are my favorite kind of shades.Las de aviador son mi modelo preferido de gafas de sol.
c. los lentes de sol
(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 wearing shades because I don't want people to notice my black eye.Estoy usando lentes de sol porque no quiero que nadie vea que tengo un ojo morado.
10. (window blinds)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la persiana
(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).
Pull down the shades so we can project the movie on the wall.Baja la persiana para poder proyectar la película en la pared.
11. (reminder)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Look at that tricycle. Shades of my childhood!Mira ese triciclo. ¡Me recuerda a mi infancia!
That smell... shades of my grandma's cooking!¡Huele como la comida que hacía mi abuela!
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