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"Armario" is a noun which is often translated as "wardrobe", and "estante" is a noun which is often translated as "shelf". Learn more about the difference between "armario" and "estante" below.
armario(
ahr
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mah
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ryoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (furniture)
a. wardrobe (for clothing)
Puedes encontrar tu ropa en el armario de tu habitación.You can find your clothes in the wardrobe in your room.
b. closet
Cuelga esa ropa en el armario.Hang those clothes in the closet.
c. cupboard (for food or dishes)
Trajo los platos del armario y los puso en la mesa.He brought the dishes from the cupboard and put them on the table.
d. cabinet
Guarda tu cepillo de dientes en el armario.Keep your toothbrush in the cabinet.
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estante(
ehs
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tahn
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (ledge)
a. shelf
Después de colgar los estantes en la pared, podemos adornarlos con velas.After we hang the shelves on the wall, we can decorate them with candles.
Los únicos muebles que había en la sala eran un sofá y un estante con un par de fotos.The only furniture in the living room was a couch and a shelf with a couple of pictures on it.
b. rack
Mis discos están organizados en el estante por artista.My CDs are organized on the rack by artist.
2. (set of shelves)
a. bookcase
Su biblioteca se compone de varios estantes en su oficina.His library consists of several bookcases in his office.
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