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"Lienzo" is a noun which is often translated as "canvas", and "lona" is a noun which is also often translated as "canvas". Learn more about the difference between "lienzo" and "lona" below.
lienzo(
lyehn
-
soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (painting surface)
a. canvas
Compré un lienzo para usar en mi clase de pintura al óleo.I bought a canvas to use in my oil painting class.
No entiendo por qué esta pintura es tan valiosa. Todo lo que hizo el artista fue dibujar tres líneas sobre el lienzo.I don't get why this painting is so valuable. All the artist did was draw three lines on the canvas.
2. (work of art)
a. painting
El museo local tiene un lienzo de Botero en la colección de pintura Latinoamericana.The local museum has a Botero painting as part of its Latin American art collection.
3. (material)
a. linen
Compré un juego de sábanas de lienzo azul para la habitación de huéspedes.I bought a set of blue linen sheets for the guest bedroom.
4. (clothing)
a. handkerchief
Mi abuelo siempre llevaba un lienzo dentro del bolsillo de su chaqueta.My grandfather always carried a handkerchief inside his coat jacket pocket.
5. (architecture)
a. stretch
El lienzo de muralla a la entrada de la ciudad antigua fue restaurado recientemente.The stretch of wall at the entrance of the old city was recently restored.
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lona(
loh
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nah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (material)
a. canvas
Para correr, prefiero usar zapatos de lona y no de cuero.I prefer to wear canvas shoes rather than leather ones for running.
2. (sports)
a. canvas
El boxeador inglés quedó unos segundos acostado en la lona.The English boxer remained face down on the canvas for a few seconds.
3. (nautical)
a. sailcloth
Las velas se hacen de varias piezas de lona de algodón cosidas entre sí.Sails are made of several pieces of cotton sailcloth stitched together.
4. (cover)
a. tarpaulin
Se necesitan suministros de emergencia, como frazadas, lona impermeable y batería de cocina.Emergency supplies are needed, such as blankets, waterproof tarpaulins, and cooking sets.
b. tarp
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cubrimos los muebles con una lona.We covered the furniture with a tarp.
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