Quick answer
"Cradle" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuna", and "crib" is a noun which is also often translated as "la cuna". Learn more about the difference between "cradle" and "crib" below.
cradle(
krey
-
duhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (bed for an infant)
a. la cuna
(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 baby was sleeping peacefully in her cradle.El bebé dormía tranquilamente en su cuna.
2. (place of origin)
a. la cuna
(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).
Africa is believed to be the cradle of humanity.Se cree que África es la cuna de la humanidad.
3. (part of a telephone)
a. la horquilla
(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 butler returned the receiver to the cradle and brought the news to the count.El mayordomo devolvió el auricular a su horquilla y llevó la noticia al conde.
4. (construction) (United Kingdom)
a. el andamio colgante
(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).
Four workers went up to the eighth floor of the building in the cradle.Cuatro obreros subieron hasta el octavo piso del edificio en el andamio colgante.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to hold carefully)
a. acunar (a baby)
The mother cradled her baby in her arms.La madre acunaba a su bebé en sus brazos.
b. mecer (a baby)
When the baby gets restless, his father cradles him to calm him.Cuando el bebé se inquieta, su padre lo mece para calmarlo.
c. sostener (a guitar or an arm)
He cradled his wounded arm to his chest.Sostenía el brazo herido contra el pecho.
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crib(
krihb
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (furniture)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cuna
(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).
They hung a mobile over the baby's crib.Suspendieron un móvil arriba de la cuna del bebé.
2.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(house)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la casa
(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).
Hey girl, do you want to come back to my crib with me?Oye nena, ¿quieres volver conmigo a mi casa?
3. (Nativity scene) (United Kingdom)
a. el belén
(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).
This crib with all of its figurines is from my grandmother.Este belén con todas las figuras es de mi abuela.
b. el pesebre
(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 crib was beside the Christmas tree.El pesebre estaba junto al árbol de Navidad.
4. (education)
a. el acordeón
(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)
The student hid a crib in his pocket.El alumno escondió un acordeón en el bolsillo.
b. el machete
(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)
Esteban passed his crib with the answers on it to Magda.Esteban pasó el machete con las respuestas a Magda.
c. el comprimido
(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 Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
The teacher confiscated the cribs before the test.El profesor confiscó los comprimidos antes del examen.
d. la chuleta
(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)
One of the students had a crib hidden in his watch.Uno de los estudiantes llevaba una chuleta escondida en el reloj.
5. (translation)
a. la traducción
(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).
She didn't understand Spanish well enough, so she read a crib of "Pedro Paramo."No entendía el español suficientemente bien, así que leyó una traducción de "Pedro Páramo".
6. (agriculture)
a. el pesebre
(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 sheep are eating from the crib.Las ovejas están comiendo del pesebre.
7. (plagiarism)
a. el plagio
(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).
That article in the city's paper is a direct crib from a piece I read in the university paper.Ese artículo en el periódico de la ciudad es un plagio directo de un artículo que leí en el periódico de la universidad.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (education)
a. copiar
You'll be expelled from the exam if you crib the answers.Serán expulsados del examen si copian las respuestas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (education)
a. copiar
The teacher caught him cribbing from notes on the table.El profesor lo pilló copiando de notas en la mesa.
b. usar una chuleta
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
It was the first time the student cribbed.Era la primera vez que el estudiante usaba una chuleta.
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