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"Doctor" is a noun which is often translated as "doctor", and "licenciado" is a noun which is often translated as "graduate". Learn more about the difference between "doctor" and "licenciado" below.
el doctor, la doctora(
dohk
-
tohr
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (physician)
a. doctor
El bebé no se encuentra bien. - Ok, hay que llamar al doctor Reyes.The baby isn't feeling well. - Ok, we should call Doctor Reyes.
2. (education)
a. doctor
La novia de Ricky es doctora en economía.Ricky's girlfriend is a Doctor of Economics.
3. (religion)
a. doctor
El Papa Francisco nombró a San Gregorio de Narek como Doctor de la Iglesia.Pope Francis named St. Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church.
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el licenciado, la licenciada(
lee
-
sehn
-
syah
-
doh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (college graduate)
a. graduate
La nueva profesora es licenciada en psicología de la Universidad de Los Andes.The new teacher is a graduate in psychology from Los Andes University.
2. (legal; form of address)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. Mr. (masculine)
El licenciado Fernández es experto en derecho penal.Mr. Fernandez is an expert in criminal law.
b. Ms. (feminine)
La licenciada Blanco les representará.Ms. Blanco will be representing you.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (soldier)
a. discharged
Muchos soldados licenciados regresaron a sus hogares con lesiones graves.Many discharged soldiers returned home with severe injuries.
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