Quick answer
"Onset" is a noun which is often translated as "el comienzo", and "outset" is a noun which is often translated as "el principio". Learn more about the difference between "onset" and "outset" below.
onset
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (start)
a. el comienzo
(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).
At the onset of the Neolithic period, humans went from being hunters to being farmers.Al comienzo del periodo Neolítico, los seres humanos pasaron de ser cazadores a ser agricultores.
b. el inicio
(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 fall of the Berlin wall marked the onset of a new era.La caída del muro de Berlín marcó el inicio de una nueva era.
c. la llegada
(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).
(of a season)
The children celebrated the onset of spring with a flower parade.Los niños celebraron la llegada de la primavera con un desfile floral.
d. la aparición
(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).
(of a disease)
Bilingualism delays the onset of dementia.El bilingüismo retrasa la aparición de la demencia.
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outset
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el principio
(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).
Savvy consumers prefer to spend a little more at the outset if it means savings in the long run.Los consumidores astutos prefieren gastar un poco más al principio si significa ahorrar a largo plazo.
b. el comienzo
(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).
Rick says he was always against the war, but the record shows he supported it at its outset.Rick dice que siempre estuvo en contra de la guerra, pero el documento demuestra que la apoyó desde el comienzo.
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