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"Colgador" is a noun which is often translated as "hook", and "percha" is a noun which is often translated as "hanger". Learn more about the difference between "colgador" and "percha" below.
colgador(
kohl
-
gah
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dohr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (peg)
a. hook
Tráete la fregona y la escoba, que están en dos colgadores en una esquina de la cocina.Bring the mop and the brush which are hanging on two hooks in a corner of the kitchen.
2. (shaped device for hanging clothes) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. hanger
La chaqueta está en el colgador dentro del armario.The jacket is on the hanger inside the wardrobe.
3. (freestanding rack)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. clothes horse
Luis tenía un colgadero lleno de ropa húmeda en uno de los cuartos del departamento.Luis had a clothes horse full of damp clothes in one of the rooms in his apartment.
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percha(
pehr
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chah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (for hanging clothes)
a. hanger
Pon tu falda en una percha y cuélgala en el armario.Put your skirt on a hanger and hang it up in the closet.
b. coat hanger
Esta percha no es lo suficientemente robusta para colgar un abrigo.This coat hanger isn't strong enough to hang a coat on.
c. clothes hanger
No hay suficientes perchas en el armario de mi habitación.There aren't enough clothes hangers in the closet in my room.
d. coat hook
Puedes dejar el bolso en la percha de la entrada.You can leave your bag on the coat hook in the hall.
2. (furniture)
a. coat stand
Esta percha está coja; ponle un cartón debajo de la pata.This coat stand is wobbly; put a piece of cardboard under the leg.
3. (for birds)
a. perch
El periquito está encantado con su percha nueva.The parakeet loves its new perch.
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