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"Desván" is a noun which is often translated as "attic", and "altillo" is a noun which is also often translated as "attic". Learn more about the difference between "desván" and "altillo" 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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altillo(
ahl
-
tee
-
yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (architecture)
a. attic
Tengo toda mi ropa y libros viejos en el altillo.I keep all my old clothes and books in the attic.
b. loft
La cama está en el altillo, sobre la cocina.The bed is in the loft, above the kitchen.
2. (geography)
a. hillock
Nos sentamos en el altillo que domina el pueblo para admirar el paisaje.We sat on the hillock that overlooks the town to admire the view.
3. (furniture)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. storage cupboard
¿Puedes traer las copas de vino que están en el altillo?Can you bring the wine glasses that are in the storage cupboard?
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