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"Bailarín" is a noun which is often translated as "dancer", and "bailarina" is a noun which is often translated as "ballerina". Learn more about the difference between "bailarín" and "bailarina" below.
el bailarín, la bailarina(
bay
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lah
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reen
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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. (profession)
a. dancer
Andrés es bailarín de salsa y ha ganado muchos premios internacionales.Andres is a salsa dancer and has won many international awards.
b. ballet dancer (in ballet)
Él tiene un carrera exitosa como bailarín clásico.He has a successful career as a classical ballet dancer.
c. ballerina (feminine, in ballet)
Mi sobrina sueña con ser bailarina y bailar El Lago de los Cisnes.My niece dreams of being a ballerina and dancing in Swan Lake.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (that dances)
a. dancing
Un entrenador de perros bailarines ganó el programa de concurso de talentos.A trainer of dancing dogs won the talent competition.
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bailarina(
bay
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lah
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nah
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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. (footwear)
a. ballerina
Tu tutú y tus bailarinas están en el vestidor.Your tutu and your ballerinas are in the dressing room.
b. ballerina shoe
Mis bailarinas tienen suela muy delgada.My ballerina shoes have a very thin sole.
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