Quick answer
"Janitor" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la conserje", and "caretaker" is a noun which is often translated as "el cuidador". Learn more about the difference between "janitor" and "caretaker" below.
janitor(
jah
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nih
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duhr
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (occupation)
a. el conserje
(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).
, la conserje
(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).
The janitor sweeps the hallways every day.El conserje barre los pasillos todos los días.
b. el portero
(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).
, la portera
(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).
The janitor keeps the common areas of the apartment building clean.El portero mantiene limpias las áreas comunes del edificio de apartamentos.
c. el bedel
(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).
, la bedela
(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).
(in a school)
My sister used to be a janitor in an elementary school in San Diego.Mi hermana era una bedela en una primaria en San Diego.
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caretaker(
kehr
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tey
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kuhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (caregiver)
a. el cuidador
(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).
, la cuidadora
(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).
A caretaker comes every day to help take care of my father in law.Un cuidador viene todos los días para ayudar a cuidar a mi suegro.
2. (person in charge of a property)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el cuidador
(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).
, la cuidadora
(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'll phone the caretaker to let him know we're coming this weekend.Voy a llamar al cuidador para avisarle que vamos este fin de semana.
b. el casero
(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).
, la casera
(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).
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
The caretakers live in a cottage next to the main house.Los caseros viven en una vivienda junto a la casa principal.
3. (janitor) (United Kingdom)
a. el conserje
(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).
, la conserje
(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).
The headmaster asked the caretaker to mop the corridor.El director le pidió al conserje que trapeara el pasillo.
b. el portero
(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).
, la portera
(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).
The caretaker cleans the toilets three times a day.El portero limpia los baños tres veces por día.
c. el ordenanza
(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).
, la ordenanza
(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).
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
We've got to ask the caretaker to empty the bins.Tenemos que pedirle al ordenanza que vacíe las papeleras.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (temporary) (United Kingdom)
a. provisional
The manager resigned unexpectedly, so a caretaker manager was brought.El gerente renunció inesperadamente, por lo que se contrató a uno provisional.
b. interino
Paz was appointed caretaker director until a new director is chosen.Paz fue nombrado director interino hasta que se elija un nuevo director.
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