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"De media" is a phrase which is often translated as "on average", and "media" is a noun which is often translated as "stocking". Learn more about the difference between "de media" and "media" below.
de media
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (as a general rule)
a. on average
De media, vienen alrededor de 500 personas a comer a nuestro restaurante cada semana.On average, around 500 people come to our restaurant for lunch every week.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los elefantes viven unos 50 años de media.Elephants live an average of 50 years.
Yo traduzco 4,000 palabras de media al día.I translate an average of 4,000 words a day.
2. (used to make knitwear)
a. knitting
Voy a comprar lana y un par de agujas de media para hacerte una bufanda.I'm going to buy some wool and a pair of knitting needles to knit you a scarf.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (women's clothing)
a. stocking (above the knee)
Te hará falta un liguero para sujetar las medias.You'll need a garter belt to hold up your stockings.
2. (clothing)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. sock (knee or ankle sock)
Tengo una montaña de medias sin pareja.I have heaps of odd socks.
3. (mathematics)
a. average
Me gusta andar y hago una media de 20 kilómetros a la semana.I like walking and I do an average of 20 kilometers a week.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(time)
a. half hour
El reloj de la iglesia dio la media.The church clock struck the half hour.
b. half past
Date prisa porque el banco cierra a la media en punto.Hurry up because the bank closes at half past on the dot.
5. (sports)
a. midfield
El jugador despejó el balón desde la media.The player cleared the ball from the midfield.
medias
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (clothing)
a. pantyhose (up to the waist)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Me hice una carrera en las medias nuevas!I have a run in my new pantyhose!
b. tights (up to the waist) (United Kingdom)
¡Qué frío hace! ¡Ojalá llevara medias gruesas!It's really cold today! I wish I was wearing thick tights!
7. (communication outlets)
a. media
Es evidente que los medias influyen en las actitudes sociales.It's obvious that social attitudes are influenced by the media.
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