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"Delincuente" is a noun which is often translated as "criminal", and "ladrón" is a noun which is often translated as "thief". Learn more about the difference between "delincuente" and "ladrón" below.
el delincuente, la delincuente(
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).
1. (legal)
a. criminal
Tras una persecución en auto a alta velocidad, la policía capturó a los delincuentes.The police captured the criminals after a high-speed car chase.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (legal)
a. delinquent
Unos adolescentes delincuentes pintaron las paredes de mi casa.Delinquent teenagers have spray-painted the walls of my house.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (someone who steals)
a. thief
Algún ladrón robó mi cartera en el metro.Some thief stole my wallet in the subway.
b. robber
El ladrón se escapó con un millón de dólares en efectivo.The robber got away with a million dollars in cash.
c. burglar (from a building)
Un ladrón robó la tienda de joyería del centro comercial.A burglar robbed the jewelry store in the mall.
2. (electrical)
a. adapter
Necesito un ladrón para conectar varios aparatos en la cocina.I need an adapter to connect several appliances in the kitchen.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (given to stealing)
a. thieving
El candidato acusó al presidente actual de ser un político ladrón.The candidate accused the current president of being a thieving politician.
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