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"Sello" is a noun which is often translated as "stamp", and "foca" is a noun which is often translated as "seal". Learn more about the difference between "sello" and "foca" below.
sello(
seh
-
yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (mailing)
a. stamp
Esta carta requiere que pongas tres sellos por su peso.This letter requires three stamps because of its weight.
2. (label)
a. rubber stamp (tool)
Al fin ha llegado el sello para estampar las cartas oficiales.The rubber stamp has finally arrived to stamp the official letters.
b. stamp (mark)
El sello al final del papel está borroso y no se puede leer.The stamp at the bottom of the paper is blurred and cannot be read.
c. seal (wax seal)
Siempre cierro mis cartas con un sello que lleva mis iniciales.I always seal my letters with a seal bearing my initials.
3. (publisher)
a. record label (music)
El cantante estaba emocionado por su reunión con el sello famoso.The singer was very excited about his meeting with the famous record label.
4. (logo)
a. brand
Todo el mundo puede reconocer el sello de McDonald's.The whole world can recognize the McDonald's brand.
5. (characteristic)
a. hallmark
El sello del poeta Robert Frost es su maestría de rima y métrica.The poet Robert Frost's hallmark is his mastery over rhyme and meter.
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foca(
foh
-
kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (zoology)
a. seal
Las focas podrán parecer torpes en tierra, pero son increíblemente ágiles en el mar.Seals might look clumsy on land, but they are incredibly agile in the ocean.
Seis tipos de focas viven en la Antártida.Six types of seals live in Antarctica.
2. (material)
a. sealskin
Mi abrigo está hecho de foca.My coat is made of sealskin.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fat person)
a. fatty
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Sigue comiendo así y te pondrás como una foca.Keep eating like that and you'll become a fatty.
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