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A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
1. (city in Germany)
a. Cologne
Cuando estuvimos en Colonia, visitamos su magnífica catedral gótica.When we visited Cologne, we visited its magnificent Gothic cathedral.
2. (city in Uruguay)
a. Colonia
Si vas a Colonia, no dejes de visitar el barrio histórico.If you go to Colonia, don't miss the old town.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
3. (territory)
a. colony
Nueva Zelandia tiene una colonia situada en el Océano Pacífico.New Zealand has a colony located in the Pacific Ocean.
4. (group of people)
a. colony (of settlers)
Una colonia proveniente del norte se estableció en este lugar.A colony coming from the north settled in this place.
b. community (of expatriates)
John Dos Passos fue una figura importante de la colonia americana en España.John Dos Passos was a prominent figure of the American community in Spain.
5. (biology)
a. colony
Una colonia de abejas tiene una reina.A colony of bees has a queen bee.
6. (perfume)
a. cologne
Me encanta el olor de esta colonia.I love the smell of this cologne.
7. (housing)
a. residential development
Se están construyendo colonias para los empleados de la compañía.Residential developments are being built for the company employees.
8. (neighborhood)
Regionalism used in Honduras
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. suburb
Me interesa comprar una casa en una colonia tranquila.I'm interested in buying a house in a calm suburb.
9. (holiday residence)
a. camp
Mis hijos pasaron el verano en una colonia.My sons spent the summer at camp.
10. (ribbon)
a. silk ribbon
El vestido tenía detalles hechos con colonia.The dress had details made of silk ribbon.
11. (botany)
Regionalism used in Cuba
a. Cuban ornamental plant
Estas colonias huelen muy bien.These Cuban ornamental plants smell really nice.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. Cologne
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1 (territorio) colony
las antiguas colonias españolas the former Spanish colonies
2 (comunidad) [de personas] community; [de animales, células] colony
la colonia norteamericana en Madrid the American community in Madrid
una colonia de corales
colonia bacteriana bacterial colony
3 (grupo de edificios)
colonia obrera working-class housing scheme
colonia penal penal colony
4 (campamento) summer camp
irse de colonias to go (off) to summer camp
colonia de vacaciones holiday camp
colonia de verano summer camp
5 (México) residential suburb; residential area
Colonia Quintanilla del D.F. the Quintanilla area of the capital
the residential area o suburb of the city called `colonia Quintanilla'
colonia proletaria shanty town
6 (cinta) silk ribbon
(also agua de colonia) cologne; eau de Cologne
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