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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (noiseless)
a. silent
Todos en la biblioteca estaban completamente callados.Everyone in the library was completely silent.
b. quiet
Después de que los niños se acuestan, la casa está por fin callada.After the kids go to bed, the house is finally quiet.
2. (shy)
a. quiet
El niño callado miraba con desconcierto a los adultos ruidosos.The quiet little boy stared in bewilderment at the loud adults.
b. reserved
Cuando era niña era callada, pero ahora es muy extrovertida.When she was a kid she was reserved, but now she's very outgoing.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
estar calladoto be quiet o silent
ser calladoto be quiet o reserved
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1 [+carácter] quiet; reserved
2 (silencioso) quiet
todo estaba muy callado everything was very quiet; tener algo callado to keep quiet about sth; keep sth secret; ¡qué callado te lo tenías! you kept pretty quiet about it!; más callado que un muerto as quiet as a mouse (familiar); pagar para tener callado a algn to pay to keep sb quiet; pay for sb's silence; nunca te quedas callado you always have an answer for everything
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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