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"Derecha" is a noun which is often translated as "right", and "diestro" is an adjective which is also often translated as "right". Learn more about the difference between "derecha" and "diestro" below.
derecha(
deh
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reh
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chah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (right-hand side)
a. right
Verás la escuela a la derecha.You will see the school on the right.
2. (anatomy)
a. right hand
Levanta la derecha para contestar.Raise your right hand to answer.
3. (politics)
a. right
Un día la izquierda está en el poder y al día siguiente la derecha gobierna el país.One day the left is in power, and the next day the right is governing the country.
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diestro(
dyehs
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troh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (right-hand)
a. right
Por favor, levante su mano diestra para hacer el juramento.Please raise your right hand to take the oath.
2. (having a dominant right hand)
a. right-handed
Mi hermano es zurdo, pero yo soy diestra.My brother is left-handed, but I'm right-handed.
b. righty
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(noun)
¿Eres diestro o zurdo?Are you a righty or a lefty?
3. (adroit)
a. skillful
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Eduardo es un carpintero muy diestro y competente.Eduardo is a very skillful and competent carpenter.
b. skilful (United Kingdom)
Martha se ha vuelto diestra en el uso de la tecnología.Martha has become skilful in the use of technology.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (bullfighting)
a. matador
El diestro salió al ruedo dispuesto a enfrentarse con el toro.The matador came out to the bullring ready to confront the bull.
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 a dominant right hand)
a. right-handed person
El detective dijo que el sospechoso es un diestro.The detective said the suspect is a right-handed person.
b. right-hander
El lanzador que acaban de contratar es un diestro.The pitcher they just hired is a right-hander.
c. righty
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Quiero todos los diestros de este lado y los zurdos del otro.I want all the righties on this side and the lefties on the other.
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