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"Bolso" is a noun which is often translated as "bag", and "bolsa" is a noun which is also often translated as "bag". Learn more about the difference between "bolso" and "bolsa" below.
bolso(
bohl
-
soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. bag
Por favor, vacíe el contenido de su bolso para el control de seguridad.Please empty the contents of your bag for the security check.
b. handbag
El bolso que llevaba hacía juego perfecto con su atuendo.The handbag that she was carrying matched her outfit perfectly.
c. purse
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mamá, ¿tienes algún pañuelo en tu bolso?Mom, do you have any tissues in your purse?
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bolsa(
bohl
-
sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (container)
a. bag
No te olvides de llevar las bolsas para hacer la compra.Don't forget to take your bags when you go shopping.
b. sack
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
En ese restaurante te ponen la comida para llevar en una bolsa grande de papel.At that restaurant they put your takeout in a large paper sack.
2. (pocketbook)
a. purse
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Creí que había dejado las llaves en la bolsa, pero no las encuentro.I thought I'd left my keys in my purse, but I can't find them.
b. handbag
Compré una bolsa nueva que hace juego con los zapatos.I bought a new handbag that goes with my shoes.
c. bag
¿Me puedes llevar los lentes en tu bolsa?Could I put my glasses in your bag?
3. (pouch inside clothing)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. pocket
¿No traes unas monedas en la bolsa para darle una propina al empacador?Do you have any coins in your pocket to give the packer a tip?
4. (sports)
a. purse
El boxeador filipino se llevó la bolsa después de una pelea muy controversial.The Filipino boxer took home the purse after a very controversial fight.
5. (animal anatomy)
a. pouch
La cría de canguro se asomó de la bolsa de su madre.The joey peered out from his mother's pouch.
6. (medicine)
a. sac
Le salió una pequeña bolsa de sangre debajo de la uña después de machucarla en la puerta.A small sac of blood formed under her fingernail after she jammed it in the door.
7. (baggy fold)
a. bag (under the eyes)
Necesito dormir más para que se me quiten estas bolsas debajo de los ojos.I need to sleep more to get rid of these bags under my eyes.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(of a garment)
Cuando te doblas así, se forman bolsas en tu vestido.When you bend down like that, your dress bunches up.
El saco de tu papá te hace bolsas.Your father's coat looks baggy on you.
8. (accumulation)
a. pocket
Una bolsa de metano se incendió debajo del edificio, causando su destrucción.A pocket of methane ignited under the building, causing its destruction.
9. (finance)
a. stock exchange
Noticias de la bolsa de Brasil sacudieron los mercados internacionales.News from the Brazilian stock exchange shook international markets.
b. stock market
La bolsa reaccionó ante un aumento en el precio del petroleo.The stock market reacted to a rise in the price of oil.
bolsas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
10. (male genitalia)
a. scrotum
Necesita operarse porque tiene nódulos en las bolsas.He needs to be operated on because he has nodules on his scrotum.
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