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"Pastel" is a noun which is often translated as "cake", and "torta" is a noun which is also often translated as "cake". Learn more about the difference between "pastel" and "torta" below.
pastel(
pahs
-
tehl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. cake
Necesito extracto de vainilla para hacer el glaseado del pastel.I need some vanilla extract to make the icing for the cake.
b. pie
He comprado pastel de carne para la cena.I bought a meat pie for dinner.
c. pastry
Uso el horno sobre todo para hacer pasteles.I use the oven to bake pastries above all.
2. (art)
a. pastel
La mayoría de su obra es al pastel y acuarelas.Most of his work is done with pastels and watercolors.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (color)
a. pastel
El interior de la casa estaba recién pintado de azul pastel.The interior of the house was freshly painted in a pastel blue.
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torta(
tohr
-
tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. cake
Quiero una torta nupcial de chocolate.I want a chocolate wedding cake.
b. pie (savory)
La torta de carne es mi favorita.Meat pie is my favorite.
2. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. pancake
Desayunó tortas de maíz.She had corn pancakes for breakfast.
3. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sandwich
Ese lugar sirve las tortas de pollo más ricas de todo México.That place serves the best chicken sandwiches in all of Mexico.
4. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. omelet
Tomará una torta de tres huevos.He will have a three-egg omelet.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hit)
a. slap (with an open hand)
Le pegó una torta a su hermano por decir una grosería.She slapped her brother for saying a bad word.
b. thump (blow)
Sentí una torta en la espalda cuando la rama se me cayó encima.I felt a thump on my back when the branch fell on me.
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