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"Tercio" is a noun which is often translated as "third", and "media" is a noun which is often translated as "stocking". Learn more about the difference between "tercio" and "media" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fraction)
a. third
El ganador será quien obtenga al menos dos tercios del total de votos.The winner will be the one with at least two thirds of the total votes.
2. (military)
a. regiment
En el desfile militar vimos marchar a los legionarios del segundo tercio.At the military parade we saw the second regiment legionaries marching.
3. (bullfighting)
a. stage
El presidente de la corrida sacó su pañuelo blanco para terminar el tercio.The bullfight president showed his white handkerchief to end the stage.
b. part
El toro hirió al torero durante el segundo tercio de la corrida.The bull hurt the matador during the second part of the bullfight.
4. (beverage)
a. bottle of beer
Te tomas una copa de vino? - No gracias, prefiero un tercio.Would you like a glass of wine? - No thanks, I'd rather have a bottle of beer.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. guy
¿Ese hombre que acaba de entrar no es tu tercio?Isn't the man that just came in your guy?
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (women's clothing)
a. stocking (above the knee)
Te hará falta un liguero para sujetar las medias.You'll need a garter belt to hold up your stockings.
2. (clothing)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. sock (knee or ankle sock)
Tengo una montaña de medias sin pareja.I have heaps of odd socks.
3. (mathematics)
a. average
Me gusta andar y hago una media de 20 kilómetros a la semana.I like walking and I do an average of 20 kilometers a week.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. half hour
El reloj de la iglesia dio la media.The church clock struck the half hour.
b. half past
Date prisa porque el banco cierra a la media en punto.Hurry up because the bank closes at half past on the dot.
5. (sports)
a. midfield
El jugador despejó el balón desde la media.The player cleared the ball from the midfield.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (clothing)
a. pantyhose (up to the waist)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Me hice una carrera en las medias nuevas!I have a run in my new pantyhose!
b. tights (up to the waist) (United Kingdom)
¡Qué frío hace! ¡Ojalá llevara medias gruesas!It's really cold today! I wish I was wearing thick tights!
7. (communication outlets)
a. media
Es evidente que los medias influyen en las actitudes sociales.It's obvious that social attitudes are influenced by the media.
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