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"Maestro" is a noun which is often translated as "teacher", and "profesor" is a noun which is also often translated as "teacher". Learn more about the difference between "maestro" and "profesor" below.
el maestro, la maestra(
mah
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ehs
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troh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (profession)
a. teacher
El Sr. Finley es un maestro en la escuela primaria Jefferson.Mr. Finley is a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.
b. schoolteacher
Mi prima es maestra en Valencia.My cousin is a schoolteacher in Valencia.
2. (university education)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. professor
Mi maestro de mate estudió la maestría en MIT.My math professor got his master's at MIT.
3. (skilled person)
a. master
Stephanie es una maestra de esgrima.Stephanie is a master of fencing.
4. (music)
a. maestro
El maestro venezolano, Gustavo Dudamel Ramírez, está revitalizando el mundo de la música clásica.The Venezuelan maestro, Gustavo Dudamel Ramirez, is reinvigorating the world of classical music.
5. (games)
a. master
Sam Sevian llegó a ser un maestro de ajedrez a la edad de 13.Sam Sevian became a chess master at the age of 13.
6. (bullfighting)
a. matador
El maestro ha lidiado con incontables toros.The matador has fought countless bulls.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (main)
a. master
El conserje tiene una llave maestra para todos los salones de la escuela.The custodian has a master key for all the rooms in the school.
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el profesor, la profesora(
proh
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feh
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sohr
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (educator)
a. teacher
La Sra. Romero es mi profesora favorita.Mrs. Romero is my favorite teacher.
b. instructor
Contrató a una profesora de esquí para mejorar sus habilidades.He hired a ski instructor to improve his abilities.
c. professor (university)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los profesores de mi universidad son los mejores.The professors at my university are the best.
d. lecturer (university) (United Kingdom)
El profesor de mi clase de italiano es muy difícil de entender.The lecturer in my Italian class is very difficult to understand.
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