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"Domicilio" is a noun which is often translated as "home", and "colonia" is a noun which is often translated as "colony". Learn more about the difference between "domicilio" and "colonia" below.
domicilio(
doh
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mee
-
see
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lyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (residence)
a. home
El cartero dijo que no me encontraba en mi domicilio cuando vino.The postman said that I was not home when he came by.
2. (mailing address)
a. address
Su identificación no indica su domicilio.Your identification does not show your address.
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colonia(
koh
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loh
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nyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (territory)
a. colony
Nueva Zelandia tiene una colonia situada en el Océano Pacífico.New Zealand has a colony located in the Pacific Ocean.
2. (group of people)
a. colony (of settlers)
Una colonia proveniente del norte se estableció en este lugar.A colony coming from the north settled in this place.
b. community (of expatriates)
John Dos Passos fue una figura importante de la colonia americana en España.John Dos Passos was a prominent figure of the American community in Spain.
3. (biology)
a. colony
Una colonia de abejas tiene una reina.A colony of bees has a queen bee.
4. (perfume)
a. cologne
Me encanta el olor de esta colonia.I love the smell of this cologne.
5. (housing)
a. residential development
Se están construyendo colonias para los empleados de la compañía.Residential developments are being built for the company employees.
6. (neighborhood)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. suburb
Me interesa comprar una casa en una colonia tranquila.I'm interested in buying a house in a calm suburb.
7. (holiday residence)
a. camp
Mis hijos pasaron el verano en una colonia.My sons spent the summer at camp.
8. (ribbon)
a. silk ribbon
El vestido tenía detalles hechos con colonia.The dress had details made of silk ribbon.
9. (botany)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
a. Cuban ornamental plant
Estas colonias huelen muy bien.These Cuban ornamental plants smell really nice.
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