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"Entidad" is a noun which is often translated as "entity", and "colonia" is a noun which is often translated as "colony". Learn more about the difference between "entidad" and "colonia" below.
entidad(
ehn
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tee
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dahd
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (group)
a. entity
Los municipios son las entidades básicas en la organización territorial de España.Town councils are the basic entities in the territorial organization of Spain.
b. body (government or political)
En el proyecto colaborarán varias entidades internacionales.Several international bodies will collaborate on the project.
c. organization (government or political)
La entidad está sujeta a las leyes del país donde se establezca.The organization is subject to the laws of the country where it is established.
d. company (commercial)
Algunas entidades aseguradores incluyen dicha cláusula en sus pólizas.There are insurance companies that include that clause in their policies.
e. bank (financial)
La entidad anunció ayer la adquisición de varias entidades regionales más pequeñas.The bank announced yesterday the acquisition of a number of smaller, regional banks.
2. (philosophy)
a. entity
El ser humano es una entidad física, psíquica y social.Human beings are physical, psychic, and social entities.
b. being
Las religiones de estos pueblos no contemplaban la existencia de una entidad suprema.Those peoples' religions did not envisage the existence of a supreme being.
3. (consequence)
a. significance
En estos momentos, ¿qué problema puede haber de mayor entidad que el paro?At this moment in time, what problem can be of greater significance than unemployment?
b. importance
Se requeriría una mayor diligiencia al tratar los asuntos de menor entidad.Greater speed would be needed when dealing with matters of lesser importance.
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colonia(
koh
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loh
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nyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (territory)
a. colony
Nueva Zelandia tiene una colonia situada en el Océano Pacífico.New Zealand has a colony located in the Pacific Ocean.
2. (group of people)
a. colony (of settlers)
Una colonia proveniente del norte se estableció en este lugar.A colony coming from the north settled in this place.
b. community (of expatriates)
John Dos Passos fue una figura importante de la colonia americana en España.John Dos Passos was a prominent figure of the American community in Spain.
3. (biology)
a. colony
Una colonia de abejas tiene una reina.A colony of bees has a queen bee.
4. (perfume)
a. cologne
Me encanta el olor de esta colonia.I love the smell of this cologne.
5. (housing)
a. residential development
Se están construyendo colonias para los empleados de la compañía.Residential developments are being built for the company employees.
6. (neighborhood)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. suburb
Me interesa comprar una casa en una colonia tranquila.I'm interested in buying a house in a calm suburb.
7. (holiday residence)
a. camp
Mis hijos pasaron el verano en una colonia.My sons spent the summer at camp.
8. (ribbon)
a. silk ribbon
El vestido tenía detalles hechos con colonia.The dress had details made of silk ribbon.
9. (botany)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
a. Cuban ornamental plant
Estas colonias huelen muy bien.These Cuban ornamental plants smell really nice.
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