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"Diseño" is a noun which is often translated as "design", and "estética" is a noun which is often translated as "aesthetics". Learn more about the difference between "diseño" and "estética" below.
diseño(
dee
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seh
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nyoh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of designing)
a. design
La etapa de diseño del edificio ya casi se termina.The design phase of the building is almost over.
2. (plan)
a. sketch
He hecho un diseño rápido de cómo se verá el edificio en este entorno.I've made a quick sketch of how the building will look in this setting.
b. design
El diseño de la cartelera está listo para su aprobación.The billboard design is ready for your approval.
c. drawing
Me gustó el diseño que me enseñaste del nuevo sofá.I liked the drawing you showed me of the new sofa.
3. (decorative marking)
a. pattern
Esa planta tiene un diseño hermoso en las hojas.That plant has a beautiful pattern on its leaves.
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estética(
ehs
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teh
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tee
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (art and literature)
a. aesthetics
La estética tiene que ver con la percepción de la belleza.Aesthetics is about the perception of beauty.
b. esthetics
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Vemos pintura, música y fotografía en el curso de estética.On the esthetics course, we look at painting, music, and photography.
c. style (of a particular artist or movement)
Todas las películas de Almodóvar comparten una misma estética llena de color.All of Almodóvar's films share the same colorful style.
2. (look)
a. appearance
La estética de nuestro jardín ha mejorado mucho con las nuevas flores.The appearance of our garden has been greatly improved by the new flowers.
3. (beauty treatment)
a. cosmetology
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Está haciendo un curso de estética porque quiere ser esteticién.She's taking a cosmetology course because she wants to be a beautician.
b. beauty therapy (United Kingdom)
Al acabar su curso de estética, Dorotea estaba decidida a abrir su propio salón de belleza y peluquería.After completing her beauty therapy course, Dorotea was determined to open her own hair and beauty salon.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(medicine)
a. cosmetic surgery
Sandra se hizo una estética de nariz.Sandra had cosmetic surgery on her nose.
5. (establishment)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. beauty salon
Mañana voy a ir a la estética a hacerme la manicura.I'm going to the beauty salon tomorrow to have a manicure.
b. beauty parlor
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Me cortaron el pelo en la estética.I had my hair cut at the beauty parlor.
c. beauty parlour (United Kingdom)
¡Qué guapa está Paulina tras su visita a la estética!How lovely Paulina is looking after her trip to the beauty parlour!
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