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"Cerro" is a noun which is often translated as "hill", and "monte" is a noun which is also often translated as "hill". Learn more about the difference between "cerro" and "monte" below.
cerro(
seh
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rroh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (geography)
a. hill
Subamos al cerro para ver las estrellas.Let's go up the hill to look at the stars.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(pile) (Andes)
a. mountain
Tengo un cerro de ropa para lavar.I have a mountain of laundry to do.
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monte(
mohn
-
teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (elevated land)
a. hill
Construyeron su casa sobre un monte rodeado de árboles.They built their house on a hill surrounded by trees.
b. mountain
Vamos a escalar el Monte Águila.We are going to hike Eagle Mountain.
c. mount
El Monte Everest es la montaña más alta de la Tierra.Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth.
2. (undeveloped land)
a. countryside
Salió a caminar un rato en el monte para despejar la cabeza.She went to walk a while in the countryside to clear her head.
b. bush
Teodoro se fue a la caza de jabalíes en el monte.Teodoro went hunting for wild boar in the bush.
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