Quick answer
"Limelight" is a noun which is often translated as "el candelero", and "spotlight" is a noun which is often translated as "el foco". Learn more about the difference between "limelight" and "spotlight" below.
limelight
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(light of public attention)
a. el candelero
(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).
Nora dreamed of being in the limelight from the time she was a little girl.Nora soñó con estar en el candelero desde que era niña.
b. el primer plano
(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).
Ruth and her sister deeply enjoyed their time in the limelight.A Ruth y su hermana les gustó muchísimo su época en primer plano.
c. la atención
(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 beautiful gown is all you need to steal the limelight.Un precioso vestido es todo lo que necesitas para acaparar la atención.
d. el protagonismo
(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 want to hog your limelight. You go on stage without me to take your bows first.No quiero quitarte el protagonismo, sal primero al escenario sin mí y saluda.
e. el centro de atención
(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).
Arturo is motivated more by money than any need to be in the limelight.A Arturo le motiva más el dinero que la necesidad de ser el centro de atención.
2.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(theater)
a. la luz de calcio
(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 limelight illuminated the singer on the stage.Una luz de calcio iluminó al cantante en el escenario.
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spotlight(
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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. (light)
a. el foco
(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).
(in a theater)
The light designer chose to use a green spotlight for this scene.El diseñador de iluminación eligió usar un foco verde para esta escena.
b. el reflector
(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).
(on a building)
The burglar snuck past the spotlight in the parking lot of the bank.La ladrona logró evadir el reflector en el estacionamiento del banco.
c. el spot
(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).
(in a house)
We're going to install some spotlights in the movie room.Vamos a instalar unos spots en la sala de cine.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to hightlight)
a. destacar
I need a role that will spotlight my abilities.Necesito un papel que destaque mis habilidades.
b. centrar la atención en
We've been spotlighting issues of race on this program.Hemos centrado la atención en cuestiones vinculadas con la raza en este programa.
3. (to light)
a. iluminar
When she comes out, wait until she hits far stage left to spotlight her.Cuando salga, espera hasta que alcance el extremo izquierdo del escenario para iluminarla.
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