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"Estandarte" is a noun which is often translated as "standard", and "bandera" is a noun which is often translated as "flag". Learn more about the difference between "estandarte" and "bandera" below.
estandarte(
ehs
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tahn
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dahr
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teh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (emblem)
a. standard
El estandarte religioso que exhibe esta cofradía en Semana Santa muestra a la Vírgen María.The religious standard that this brotherhood exhibits during Easter shows the Virgin Mary.
b. banner
Los caballeros mostraron con orgullo sus estandartes en el campo de batallaThe knights proudly showed their banners on the battlefield.
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bandera(
bahn
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deh
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rah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (emblem)
a. flag (of a country or an institution)
La bandera de los Estados Unidos es roja, blanca y azul.The flag of the United States is red, white, and blue.
El sol que aparece en el centro de la bandera de Argentina tiene treinta y dos rayos.The sun in the middle of the flag of Argentina has thirty-two rays.
b. colors (of a regiment)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La bandera de nuestro regimiento lideraba la marcha.The colors of our regiment led the way.
c. colours (of a regiment) (United Kingdom)
En el campo de batalla, las banderas de los regimientos se usaban como puntos de reunión.On the battlefield, a regiment's colours were used as rallying points.
2. (nationality)
a. flag
Era un buque de bandera liberiana.The ship sailed under a Liberian flag.
3. (ideal)
a. banner
Se han librado demasiadas guerras bajo la bandera de la libertad.Too many wars have been waged under the banner of freedom.
4. (signal)
a. flag
Las banderas en el mapa indican los campos de deporte en la zona.The flags on the map indicate the sports grounds in the area.
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