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"Etiqueta" is a noun which is often translated as "tag", and "rótulo" is a noun which is often translated as "sign". Learn more about the difference between "etiqueta" and "rótulo" below.
etiqueta(
eh
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tee
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keh
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (commerce)
a. tag (attached)
La etiqueta estaba atada a la chaqueta con un poco de hilo negro.The tag was attached to the jacket with a bit of black thread.
b. label (adhered)
Me da rabia cuando compro un CD y no puedo despegar la etiqueta.It drives me nuts when I buy a CD and I can't get the label unstuck.
2. (manners)
a. etiquette
Es importante conocer la etiqueta de dejar propina cuando vas a Estados Unidos.It's important to be familiar with the tipping etiquette when you go to the United States.
3. (computing)
a. tag
Creo que esta etiqueta XML contiene un error.I think this XML tag contains an error.
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rótulo(
rroh
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too
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loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (notice)
a. sign
En la puerta hay un rótulo que dice que el restaurante abre a las siete.There's a sign on the door saying that the restaurant opens at seven.
2. (small paper with information)
a. label
El rótulo de la botella dice: "Sin azúcares añadidos."The label on the bottle reads: "With no added sugar."
3. (headline)
a. heading
Los rótulos podrían ir en cursiva.We could italicize the headings.
b. title
A mí ese rótulo en letras góticas me parece demasiado historiado.I find that title in Gothic letters too overelaborate.
4. (letters)
a. lettering (on a map or a notice)
El nombre de la empresa aparece escrito en grandes rótulos sobre la puerta de entrada.The firm's name is written in big lettering above the entrance door.
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