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"Barrio" is a noun which is often translated as "neighborhood", and "cuadra" is a noun which is often translated as "block". Learn more about the difference between "barrio" and "cuadra" below.
barrio(
bah
-
rryoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (area of town)
a. neighborhood
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nos encanta nuestro barrio porque siempre hay algo que hacer.We love our neighborhood because there's always something to do.
b. neighbourhood (United Kingdom)
Construyeron el barrio sobre puro campo.The neighbourhood was built in open countryside.
c. district
Hay seis barrios encantadores en nuestro condado.There are six charming districts in our county.
d. quarter
Viven en el Barrio Latino de la ciudad, donde se habla mucho el español.They live in the Latin Quarter of the city, where Spanish is widely spoken.
e. area
¿Hay algún parque en tu barrio?Are there any parks in your area?
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cuadra(
kwah
-
drah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (part of a neighborhood)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. block
Ella vive en la misma cuadra que su mejor amiga.She lives on the same block as her best friend.
2. (animal quarters)
a. stable
Lleva los caballos a la cuadra por la noche.Take the horses out to the stables for the night.
3. (dormitory)
a. ward
El hospital tiene 18 pacientes en esta cuadra.The hospital has 18 patients in this ward.
b. barracks
Hay 50 cuadras con 100 soldados cada una en esta base.There are 50 barracks with 100 soldiers each on this base.
4. (filthy place)
a. pigsty (colloquial)
¡Tu cuarto es una verdadera cuadra!Your room is a total pigsty!
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