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"Delgado" is an adjective which is often translated as "thin", and "moreno" is an adjective which is often translated as "dark-skinned". Learn more about the difference between "delgado" and "moreno" below.
delgado(
dehl
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gah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (slender)
a. thin
Estás muy delgado, Paco. ¡Come más de la sopa que te preparé!You're so thin, Paco. Have more of the soup I made you!
b. slim
La mujer delgada tenía el cabello oscuro y los ojos muy profundos.The slim woman had dark hair and very deep-set eyes.
2. (delicate)
a. fine
La araña tejió su telaraña con unos hilos muy delgados.The spider spun her web with very fine threads.
b. thin
No recomiendo que uses una tela tan delgada para hacer un pantalón de mezclilla.I wouldn't recommend you use such thin fabric to make jeans.
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moreno(
moh
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reh
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (skin)
a. dark-skinned
Mis hermanos son morenos.My brothers are dark-skinned.
b. dark
Este color de pintalabios es ideal para mujeres con piel morena.This lipstick color is perfect for women with dark skin.
2. (hair)
a. dark-haired
Mi hija es morena y mi hijo es rubio.My daughter is dark-haired and my son is blonde.
b. dark
Me gustan los chicos con pelo moreno y ojos azules.I like boys with dark hair and blue eyes.
3. (culinary)
a. brown (sugar or bread)
Esta receta lleva azúcar morena.This recipe uses brown sugar.
4. (skin after sun exposure)
a. tanned
¿Viste qué morena está Pilar?Have you seen how tanned Pilar is?
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Cómo haces para ponerte tan moreno?How do you get so brown?
Me puse morena después de un par de días en la playa.I got a tan after two days at the beach.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5. (person with dark skin)
a. dark-skinned person
Ese color le va muy bien a los morenos.That color suits dark-skinned people.
6. (person with dark hair)
a. dark-haired person
El moreno que está ahí es mi papá.That dark-haired man over there is my dad.
b. brunette (feminine)
A Hugo le gustan las morenas.Hugo likes brunettes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
7. (tanned skin)
a. tan
¿Qué puedo hacer para mantener el moreno por más tiempo?What can I do to make my tan last longer?
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