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"Departamento" is a noun which is often translated as "department", and "piso" is a noun which is often translated as "floor". Learn more about the difference between "departamento" and "piso" below.
departamento(
deh
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pahr
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tah
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mehn
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toh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (division)
a. department (of a company or an institution)
Me han trasladado al departamento de mercadeo.I've been transferred to the marketing department.
Es la catedrática del departamento de historia.She's head of the History Department.
2. (dwelling)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. apartment
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Podemos cenar en tu casa? Mi departamento es demasiado pequeño para tanta gente.Can we have dinner at your house? My apartment is too small for so many people.
b. flat (United Kingdom)
Estoy buscando un departamento amueblado en el centro.I'm looking for a furnished flat in the centre of town.
3. (district)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. department
En este departamento se pagan los impuestos más altos del país.We pay the highest taxes in the country in this department.
4. (space)
a. compartment
¿Hay un departamento para fumadores en el tren?Is there a smoking compartment in the train?
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piso(
pee
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soh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (level)
a. floor
El restaurante está en el tercer piso.The restaurant is on the third floor.
b. story
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Vivimos en un edificio de diez pisos.We live in a ten-story building.
c. storey (United Kingdom)
¿Cuántos pisos tiene el edificio más alto del mundo?How many storeys does the tallest building in the world have?
d. deck (in a bus)
Me encanta sentarme en el piso de arriba del autobús.I love to sit on the upper deck of the bus.
2. (part of a cake)
a. tier
Hemos encargado un pastel de cinco pisos para la celebración.We have ordered a five-tier cake for the celebration.
b. layer
El pastel tenía tres pisos de diferentes sabores.The cake had three layers of different flavors.
3. (surface)
a. floor (indoors)
¡Niños, no dejen los juguetes por el piso!Kids, don't leave your toys on the floor!
b. ground (outdoors)
La niña tropezó con una piedra y se cayó al piso.The girl tripped over a stone and fell to the ground.
4. (living space)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. apartment
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Has visto el piso que se han comprado en la ciudad?Have you seen the apartment they have bought in the city?
b. flat (United Kingdom)
Su piso siempre está bien limpio.Their flat is always really clean.
5. (bottom of shoe)
a. sole
Me parecen más prácticos estos zapatos con piso de goma.I think these shoes with a rubber sole are more practical.
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