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"Cielo" is a noun which is often translated as "sky", and "tierra" is a noun which is often translated as "land". Learn more about the difference between "cielo" and "tierra" below.
cielo(
syeh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (firmament)
a. sky
Con un cielo despejado, emprendimos nuestro viaje.With a clear sky, we set off on our journey.
b. heavens
El cielo se iluminó con una espectacular lluvia de meteoros.The heavens lit up with a spectacular meteor shower.
2. (religious)
a. heaven
Dicen que si eres bueno, irás al cielo.They say that if you're good, you'll go to heaven.
b. God
Le ruego al cielo que encuentren a ese niño con vida.I pray to God they find that boy alive.
3. (form of address)
a. sweetheart
Cielo, ¿tienes ganas de ir al cine?Sweetheart, do you want to go to the movies?
b. honey
Por favor no te preocupes, cielo.Please don't worry, honey.
4. (darling)
a. angel
Mi primo es un cielo; siempre quiere ayudar.My cousin is an angel; he's always eager to help.
5. (anatomy)
a. roof
Tengo pastel pegado al cielo de la boca.I have cake stuck to the roof of my mouth.
6. (architecture)
a. ceiling
El cielo de mi sala es de color blanco.The ceiling in my living room is white.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
7. (used to express surprise)
a. good heavens
¡Cielos! Mira como has crecido.Good heavens! Look how you've grown.
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tierra(
tyeh
-
rrah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (terra firma)
a. land
Después de un mes en altamar, fue un alivio por fin divisar la tierra.After a month at sea, it was a relief to finally spot land.
2. (material)
a. earth
Los niños cavaban en la tierra con las manos.The children dug in the earth with their hands.
b. dust
Cuando Andrés llegó del campo, estaba cubierto de tierra.When Andres arrived from the field, he was covered in dust.
c. soil
La tierra de aquí es muy fértil.The soil around here is very fertile.
d. dirt
La casa está al final de un camino de tierra.The house is at the end of a dirt track.
3. (property)
a. land
El granjero tiene 100 hectáreas de tierra.The farmer has 100 hectares of land.
4. (surface of the Earth)
a. ground
El futbolista se tropezó y cayó a la tierra.The soccer player tripped and fell to the ground.
5. (place of origin)
a. native land
Anita extrañaba su tierra, pero también amaba su nuevo hogar.Anita missed her native land, but she also loved her new home.
b. homeland
Nos fuimos de nuestra tierra para huir de la violencia.We left our homeland to escape the violence.
6. (electronics)
a. ground
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El aparato debe tener una conexión a tierra.The device should have a connection to ground.
b. earth (United Kingdom)
Si el enchufe no tiene una conexión a tierra, te puedes electrocutar.If plug doesn't have a connection to earth, you could electrocute yourself.
Tierra
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
7. (planet)
a. Earth
Los astronautas dicen que la Tierra parece una canica azul.Astronauts say Earth looks like a blue marble.
b. earth
La contaminación afecta a todos los seres de la Tierra.Pollution affects every living thing on the earth.
tierras
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (territory)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. lands
Los dos países llevan siglos batallando sobre estas tierras.The two countries have been fighting over these lands for centuries.
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