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"Pelota" is a noun which is often translated as "ball", and "bate" is a noun which is often translated as "bat". Learn more about the difference between "pelota" and "bate" below.
pelota(
peh
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loh
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (round object)
a. ball
La niña pateó la pelota contra la pared.The girl kicked the ball against the wall.
b. football (soccer) (United Kingdom)
Le regalaron la pelota del Mundial 2014 para el cumpleaños.He was given the 2014 World Cup football for his birthday.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sports)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. baseball
Nos vemos el sábado para jugar pelota.See you on Saturday to play baseball.
3.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(male genitalia)
a. ball
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Al pobre Daniel le dieron una patada en las pelotas mientras jugaba al fútbol.Poor Daniel was kicked in the balls while he was playing football.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiot) (Southern Cone)
a. jerk
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Ese pelotas no hizo nada para ayudarme.That jerk did nothing to help me.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(flatterer)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. brown-noser
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Esa pelota otra vez anda haciéndole la rosca al jefe.That brown-noser is sucking up to the boss again.
pelotas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(courage)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. balls
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Suárez es un goleador que tiene pelotas y lo muestra en la cancha.Suarez is a striker who has balls and shows it on the field.
b. guts
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hace falta tener muchas pelotas para decir lo que piensas cuando nadie te apoya.It takes a lot of guts to speak your mind when nobody backs you.
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bate(
bah
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sports)
a. bat
Sostén el bate con fuerza si quieres pegarle duro a la pelota.Hold the bat tightly if you want to hit the ball hard.
b. baseball bat
Mi papá me regaló un bate y un guante por mi cumpleaños.My father gave me a baseball bat and a glove for my birthday.
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