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"Glass" is a noun which is often translated as "el vidrio", and "crystal" is a noun which is often translated as "el cristal". Learn more about the difference between "glass" and "crystal" below.
glass(
glahs
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (material)
a. el vidrio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Take this bag of broken glass to the recycling bin.Lleva esta bolsa de vidrio roto al recipiente de reciclaje.
b. el cristal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The glass that you ordered for the windows just arrived.El cristal que pediste para las ventanas acaba de llegar.
2. (glassware)
a. la cristalería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We'll use the special glass for Thanksgiving dinner.Usaremos la cristalería especial para la cena de Acción de Gracias.
3. (drinking container)
a. el vaso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Which glasses shall we use for dinner?¿Cuáles vasos usamos para la cena?
b. la copa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(with a stem)
We need some more glasses so everyone can try the wine.Necesitamos más copas para que todos prueben el vino.
c. la copita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for liqueurs)
Bartender, a glass for my friend here.Barman, una copita para mi amigo aquí.
4. (glassful)
a. el vaso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The kids drank a glass of milk before going to bed.Los niños bebieron un vaso de leche antes de irse a la cama.
b. la copa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They enjoyed a glass of fine wine with their dinner.Disfrutaron una copa de vino fino con la cena.
5. (barometer)
a. el barómetro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The glass is higher today. - Good, it's going to be a nice day.El barómetro está más alto hoy. - Bien, va a ser un bonito día.
6. (mirror)
a. el espejo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The evil queen admired herself in the glass.La reina malvada se admiró en el espejo.
7. (spyglass)
a. el catalejo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sailor brought the glass to his eye to search for land.El marinero se acercó el catalejo al ojo para buscar tierra.
8. (magnifying glass)
a. la lupa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I keep a glass at my desk so I can read tiny print.Mantengo una lupa en mi escritorio para poder ver las letras chiquitas.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (made of glass)
a. de cristal
We have a glass door leading into the garden.Tenemos una puerta de cristal para salir al jardín.
glasses
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
10. (spectacles)
a. las gafas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have to wear glasses to be able to read.Tengo que llevar gafas para poder leer.
b. los lentes
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, las lentes
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Have you seen my glasses?¿Has visto mis lentes?
c. los anteojos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You look very good in those glasses.Te ves muy bien con esos anteojos.
d. los espejuelos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I don't think those round glasses suit him.Para mí, esos espejuelos redondos no le quedan bien.
11. (binoculars)
a. los binoculares
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Pass me the glasses to see if I can get a closer look at the fox.Pásame los binoculares para ver si puedo ver el zorro de más cerca.
b. los prismáticos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
We used some glasses to observe the birds in the bay.Usamos unos prismáticos para observar las aves de la bahía.
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crystal(
krihs
-
tuhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (material)
a. el cristal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Marta placed dishes made of crystal on the tables for the reception.Marta dispuso platos de cristal sobre las mesas para la recepción.
b. el vidrio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They built a church made of crystal panels.Construyeron una iglesia hecha de paneles de vidrio.
2. (chemistry)
a. el cristal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An octahedral carbon crystal is commonly called a diamond.Un cristal de carbono octaédrico se llama, comúnmente, un diamante.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (clear)
a. cristalino
The lake was so crystal they could see the bottom of the lake from their boat.El lago era tan cristalino que podían ver el fondo del lago desde el barco.
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