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"Diamantes" is a plural noun which is often translated as "diamonds", and "joya" is a noun which is often translated as "jewel". Learn more about the difference between "diamantes" and "joya" below.
diamantes(
dyah
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mahn
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tehs
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (cards)
a. diamonds
En ese caso, gana el jugador que tenga el as de diamantes.In that case, the player with the ace of diamonds wins.
diamante
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (jewel)
a. diamond
La corona está incrustada de diamantes y otras piedras preciosas.The crown is incrusted with diamonds and other gemstones.
3. (sports)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. diamond (baseball)
Los jugadores se colocaron en el diamante.The players found their places on the diamond.
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joya(
hoh
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yah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (piece of jewelry)
a. jewel
Heredé las joyas antiguas de mi abuela.I inherited my grandmother's antique jewels.
2. (precious person or thing)
a. gem
Carlos es una joya; siempre está dispuesto a ayudar a los demás.Carlos is a gem; he's always willing to help others.
b. treasure
El antiguo casino es una joya nacional que se debería preservar.The old casino is a national treasure that should be preserved.
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