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"Rey" is a noun which is often translated as "king", and "reina" is a noun which is often translated as "queen". Learn more about the difference between "rey" and "reina" below.
rey(
rrey
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (royalty)
a. king
El rey de España y su familia viven en el Palacio de la Zarzuela, en las afueras de Madrid.The king of Spain and his family live in the Zarzuela Palace, on the outskirts of Madrid.
2. (chess)
a. king
Logró un jaque mate cuando atrapó el rey de su oponente.He got a checkmate when he captured his opponent's king.
3. (playing cards)
a. king
Ella eligió el rey de espadas de la baraja.She chose the king of spades from the deck.
reyes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (royal couple)
a. king and queen
Los reyes de España están de visita en Bogotá esta semana.The king and queen of Spain are visiting Bogota this week.
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reina(
rrey
-
nah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (monarchy)
a. queen
La reina de Inglaterra asistió al evento.The queen of England attended the event.
2. (chess)
a. queen
La reina es una pieza importantísima en el ajedrez.The queen is a very important piece in chess.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(term of endearment)
a. princess
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Cómo está mi reina?How's my little princess?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(great woman)
a. darling
¡Gracias, eres una reina!Thanks, you're a darling!
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