Quick answer
"Derredor" is a noun which is often translated as "perimeter", and "alrededor" is an adverb which is often translated as "around". Learn more about the difference between "derredor" and "alrededor" below.
derredor(
deh
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rreh
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dohr
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. perimeter
La agricultora puso una valla para marcar el derredor de la parcela.The farmer installed a fence to mark the perimeter of the plot.
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alrededor(
ahl
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reh
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deh
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dohr
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on all sides)
a. around
El paisaje era precioso todo alrededor.There was beautiful scenery all around.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (immediate area)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Eché un vistazo a mi alrededor para divisar mi paradero.I looked around me to work out my whereabouts.
Mira a tu alrededor; este es uno de los lugares más bonitos de la Tierra.Look around you; this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
alrededores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (suburbs)
a. outskirts
Hay unas áreas peligrosas en los alrededores de la ciudad.There are some dangerous areas on the outskirts of town.
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