How to Say "Piece" and "Slice" in Spanish
How do you say piece and slice in Spanish? Though this question is a simple one, the answer is not so simple. Piece and slice have numerous translations in Spanish, and knowing which one to use can be tricky.
No matter how you slice it, it is frustrating when a word in English has several equivalents in Spanish, multiplying the amount of vocabulary you have to memorize. After reading this article, choosing which translation of piece/slice to use will be a piece of cake!
10 Ways to Talk about a Piece or Slice of Food
“Why are there so many words for the same thing in Spanish?” is a question most students of Spanish undoubtedly ask themselves at some point. It's almost hard to believe that there are a whopping ten ways to talk about a piece or slice of a food in Spanish. Here they are!
|Word in Spanish||English Translation||Usage|
|piece/slice||Trozo is the most widely-used translation for piece/slice. It should be your go-to translation. It's used for a wide variety of foods of any shape or size, but is most commonly used to refer to a piece/slice of cake or pizza.|
|piece/slice||Pedazo is used in the same way as trozo, but it is less common.|
|piece/slice||Refers to a portion of food, often a triangular-shaped portion of a circular-shaped food, such as pizza, cake, pie, watermelon, or a wheel of cheese.|
|slice||Typically used to refer to a circular-shaped slice of something, like a cucumber or tomato. It is also used for slices of lemon/lime.|
|slice||Refers to a slice of bread.|
|slice||Refers to a thin slice of something, generally cheese, ham, or other deli meats.|
|slice||Also used for a thin slice of something.|
|slice||Generally refers to a slice of cooked meat, such as chicken or lamb.|
|slice||Used in Latin America to refer to meat (cooked and uncooked) or cheese.|
|slice||Generally refers to a slice of melon.|
Now it's time to check out some examples!
Is there one word in Spanish that can always be used for piece/slice?
When used in a culinary sense, trozo and pedazo pretty much cover all your bases. However, there isn’t one single word in Spanish that we can use for piece/slice beyond the culinary sense. For example, you use piezato refer to something that is part of a game or set, but you would never use it for a piece of cake.
Let’s take a look at some examples of piece/slice in a non-culinary sense.