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"Dibujo" is a noun which is often translated as "drawing", and "arte" is a noun which is often translated as "art". Learn more about the difference between "dibujo" and "arte" below.
dibujo(
dee
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boo
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hoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (illustration)
a. drawing
Ese dibujo hermoso en el refrigerador es el trabajo de mi sobrina.That beautiful drawing on the refrigerator is my niece's work.
2. (activity)
a. drawing
Nunca he sido muy buena para el dibujo, pero estoy tomando un curso.I've never been very good at drawing, but I'm taking a class.
3. (design)
a. pattern
El dibujo en tu bufanda es muy bonito, pero ¿qué es?The pattern on your scarf is very pretty, but what is it?
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arte(
ahr
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teh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (aesthetic creation)
a. art
Visitamos el Museo de Arte Moderno en Nueva York.We visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
2. (ability)
a. artistry
La labor del cirujano plástico es una combinación de ciencia y arte.A plastic surgeon's work is a combination of science and artistry.
b. skill
El carnicero trabaja con gran arte.The butcher works with great skill.
3. (craftiness)
a. cunning
Usó arte política para llegar a donde está.He used political cunning to get where he is.
artes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (various forms of art)
a. arts
Ella estudia una carrera en Bellas Artes, mientras su hermano estudia artes marciales.She is getting a degree in Fine Arts, while her brother is studying martial arts.
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