Quick answer
"Cord" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuerda", and "string" is a noun which is often translated as "el cordel". Learn more about the difference between "cord" and "string" below.
cord(
kawrd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (type of rope)
a. la cuerda
(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 used a cord to tie up the boxes.Usamos una cuerda para atar las cajas.
b. el cordón
(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 cord for the curtains broke and they wouldn't open.El cordón de las cortinas se rompió, y no se abren.
2. (electronics)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el cordón
(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 puppy chewed through the telephone cord.Mi perrito masticó el cordón del teléfono.
b. el cable
(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).
When a power cord is damaged, it should be replaced immediately to avoid risk of electrical shock.Cuando se daña un cable de alimentación, debe reemplazarse de inmediato para evitar el riesgo de una descarga eléctrica.
3. (anatomy)
a. la médula
(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 actor became paralyzed after he broke his spinal cord.El actor quedó paralizado cuando se rompió la médula espinal.
b. el cordón
(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 doctor cut the baby's umbilical cord once it was born.El doctor cortó el cordón umbilical del bebé cuando nació.
c. la cuerda
(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 injured my vocal cords and lost my voice.Me lesioné las cuerdas vocales y me quedé sin voz.
4. (type of fabric)
a. la pana
(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).
You can wear the gingham blouse with your cord skirt.Puedes llevar la blusa de gingán con tu falda de pana.
b. el corderoy
(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 South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
I just bought a pair of cord overalls at the mall this afternoon.Acabo de comprar un overol de corderoy en el centro comercial esta tarde.
c. el cotelé
(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 Chile
(Chile)
Do you want to wear the cord or the denim jacket?¿Quieres llevar la chaqueta de cotelé o la de tela vaquera?
cords
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (clothing)
a. los pantalones de pana
(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 you think that cords are too casual to wear to an interview?¿Te parece que unos pantalones de pana son demasiado informales para llevar a una entrevista?
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string(
strihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (cord)
a. el cordel
(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).
Tie up the package with string.Ata el paquete con cordel.
b. el bramante
(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)
Tying the turkey up with string to retain its shape is recommended.Se recomienda atar el pavo con un bramante para que conserve la forma.
c. el mecate
(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 Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
Pepe fixed the handle with some string.Pepe arregló el tirador con un mecate.
d. el cáñamo
(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 Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
My cat goes crazy when he sees a piece of string.Mi gato se vuelve loco cuando ve un cáñamo.
e. el pita
(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 Bolivia
(Bolivia)
She couldn't find any ribbon, so she tied her hair with string.No encontró cinta, así que se ató el cabello con una pita.
2. (part of on an instrument, racket, bow)
a. la cuerda
(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 broke a string on my tennis racket.He roto una cuerda de mi raqueta de tenis.
3. (cord on a puppet)
a. el hilo
(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).
It took me a long time to learn to control the strings.Me tomó bastante tiempo aprender a controlar los hilos.
4. (clothing)
a. el cordón
(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).
Your pajama string has come undone.El cordón de tu pijama se ha desatado.
5. (series)
a. la serie
(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 has been a string of burglaries in the neighborhood.Ha habido una serie de robos en este barrio.
b. la hilera
(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 murderer left a string of victims across the country.El asesino dejó una hilera de víctimas por todo el país.
c. la sarta
(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 lies)
It was nothing but a string of lies. He never came back.No fue más que una sarta de mentiras. Nunca volvió.
d. la retahíla
(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 insults or curses)
She let fly a string of expletives.Ella soltó una retahíla de palabrotas.
e. la cadena
(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 events or errors)
He explained the string of errors that had led to this situation.Explicó la cadena de errores que había llevado a esta situación.
6. (group)
a. la guirnalda
(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 lights)
They placed a string of Christmas lights on the tree.Colocaron una guirnalda de luces navideñas en el árbol.
b. la ristra
(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 onion or garlic)
I bought a string of garlic today at the market.Compré una ristra de ajos hoy en el mercado.
c. el hilo
(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 pearls or beads)
He had a string of shells around his neck.Llevaba un hilo de conchas alrededor del cuello.
d. la sarta
(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 pearls or beads)
He bought me a beautiful string of pearls.Me compró una bella sarta de perlas.
7. (culinary)
a. la hebra
(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).
Have you taken the strings off the beans?¿Has sacado las hebras de las habichuelas?
b. la fibra
(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 beans were still full of strings.Las habichuelas seguían llenas de fibras.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to put strings on)
a. encordar
Luis strung the champion's rackets.Luís encordó las raquetas del campeón.
9. (to thread)
a. ensartar
She wore a necklace of wooden beads strung on a strip of leather.Llevaba un collar de cuentas de madera ensartadas en una tira de cuero.
10. (to hang)
a. colgar
A banner had been strung across the street.Se había colgado una bandera de un lado de la calle al otro.
strings
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11. (orchestra section)
a. las cuerdas
(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).
This passage is played by the strings.Las cuerdas tocan este pasaje.
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