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"Dormitorio" is a noun which is often translated as "bedroom", and "recámara" is a noun which is also often translated as "bedroom". Learn more about the difference between "dormitorio" and "recámara" below.
dormitorio(
dohr
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mee
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toh
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ryoh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (room of a house)
a. bedroom
Mis dos hermanos menores duermen en el mismo dormitorio.My two younger brothers sleep in the same bedroom.
2. (school)
a. dormitory
A los estudiantes se les asignará un dormitorio cuando lleguen al colegio.Students will be allocated a dormitory on arrival at the school.
b. dorm
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Cuando estaba en el colegio, compartía el dormitorio con otras tres chicas.When I was in school, I had to share a dorm with three other girls.
3. (furniture)
a. bedroom suite
No pude encontrar un dormitorio a juego con mi colcha.I couldn't find a bedroom suite that goes with my quilt.
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recámara(
rreh
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kah
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mah
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rah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (room) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. bedroom
Cuando me mudé, mis padres convirtieron mi recámara en una pequeña oficina.When I moved out, my parents converted my bedroom into a small office.
2. (changing room)
a. dressing room
Pueden dejar sus sombreros y sus abrigos en la recámara.You can leave your hats and coats in the dressing room.
3. (weaponry)
a. chamber
Si el arma hubiese sido disparada, habría pólvora en la recámara.If the gun had been fired, there would be powder in the chamber.
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