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"Zapatilla" is a noun which is often translated as "slipper", and "zapato" is a noun which is often translated as "shoe". Learn more about the difference between "zapatilla" and "zapato" below.
zapatilla(
sah
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pah
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tee
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yah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (footwear)
a. slipper (for the house)
En cuanto llegue a casa me pongo el pijama y las zapatillas.As soon as I get home I put on my pajamas and my slippers.
2. (sports)
a. sneaker
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No puedo ir al gimnasio porque no encuentro una de mis zapatillas.I can't go to the gym because I can't find one of my sneakers.
b. trainer (United Kingdom)
Estas zapatillas son para correr.These trainers are for running.
c. training shoe (United Kingdom)
Me compré unas zapatillas nuevas para jugar al tenis.I bought a new pair of training shoes for tennis.
3. (dance footwear)
a. shoe
Las zapatillas de ballet ya no le quedan.Her ballet shoes don't fit anymore.
4. (elegant footwear)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. high-heeled shoe
Necesitas usar zapatillas con ese vestido largo.You need high-heeled shoes with that long dress.
5. (plumbing part)
a. washer
Hay que cambiar la zapatilla del grifo porque hay una fuga.We have to replace the faucet washer because there's a leak.
6. (in a musical instrument)
a. pad
Se soltó una de las zapatillas del clarinete.One of the pads on the clarinet came off.
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zapato(
sah
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pah
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (footwear)
a. shoe
Voy al centro comercial para comprar un par de zapatos para el trabajo.I'm going to the mall to buy a pair of shoes for work.
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