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"Inodoro" is a noun which is often translated as "toilet", and "váter" is a noun which is also often translated as "toilet". Learn more about the difference between "inodoro" and "váter" below.
inodoro(
ee
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noh
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doh
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roh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (bathroom fixture)
a. toilet
El cuarto de baño solo tiene un inodoro.The bathroom has only one toilet.
b. lavatory
El inodoro del gimnasio está tapado.The lavatory in the gym is clogged.
2. (part of a toilet)
a. toilet bowl
Voy a limpiar el inodoro con blanqueador.I'm going to clean the toilet bowl with bleach.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (without odor)
a. odorless
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El monóxido de carbono es especialmente peligroso porque es inodoro.Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it's odorless.
b. odourless (United Kingdom)
La impresora que acabo de comprar usa tintas inodoras.The printer I just bought uses odourless inks.
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váter(
bah
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tehr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(water closet)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. toilet
No tires papel al váter porque se atasca.Please don't throw paper in the toilet because it gets clogged.
b. lavatory
El váter que hay en el baño de chicas está roto, así que tuve que utilizar el de hombres.The lavatory in the girls' restroom is broken, so I had to use the men's.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(washroom)
a. bathroom
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Si no te encuentras muy bien, ve al váter a refrescarte.If you do not feel well, go to the bathroom and freshen yourself up.
b. restroom
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Marta lleva media hora en el váter y yo tengo que entrar ya mismo.Marta has been half an hour in the restroom, and I need to get in now.
c. W.C. (United Kingdom)
¿Hay alguien en el váter o es que te dejaste la luz encendida?Is there someone in the W.C. or did you just leave the light on?
d. toilet
¿Dónde está el váter? - Segunda puerta por el pasillo.Where's the toilet? - Down the hall, second door.
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