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"Desván" is a noun which is often translated as "attic", and "ático" is a noun which is often translated as "attic apartment". Learn more about the difference between "desván" and "ático" below.
desván(
dehs
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bahn
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. attic
Los juguetes viejos están en el desván.The old toys are in the attic.
Hay una familia de ardillas viviendo en el desván.There is a family of squirrels living in the attic.
b. loft
El desván necesita una limpieza urgente.The loft is in urgent need of cleaning.
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ático(
ah
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tee
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koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (top-floor apartment)
a. attic apartment
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Me gusta vivir en un ático porque así no tengo vecinos arriba.I like living in an attic apartment because that way I don't have upstairs neighbors.
b. attic flat (United Kingdom)
El edificio tiene ocho departamentos, más un ático arriba.The building has eight flats, plus an attic flat at the top.
c. penthouse (luxurious)
El ático de la película tiene vistas a Los Ángeles y una piscina infinita.The penthouse in the movie has views of Los Angeles and an infinity pool.
2. (space below roof)
a. attic
Mi madre guarda muebles desarmados en el ático, que está lleno de polvo.My mother keeps dismantled furniture in the attic and it's all dusty.
b. garret
Arriba en el ático guardo muchas cajas llenas de recuerdos antiguos.I keep a lot of boxes full of old souvenirs up in the garret.
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