catrín

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This word is often capitalized in the sense shown in 3).
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catrín(
kah
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treen
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (dressed up)
a. well-dressed
Ese joven es muy catrín, siempre va muy elegante a todos lados.That young man's very well-dressed. He always looks smart wherever he goes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (well-groomed person)
a. dandy (masculine)
Un grupo de catrines estaba llegando a la gala.A group of dandies were arriving at the gala.
b. dude (masculine)
¿A dónde va tan elegante ese catrín?Where's that elegant dude going?
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).
masculine or feminine noun
3. (smartly dressed man or woman with their face made up to represent a decoratively painted skull)
a. skeleton gentleman (masculine)
El Catrín y la Catrina son íconos de la cultura mexicana que deben su origen a un grabado de José Guadalupe Posada.The skeleton lady and skeleton gentleman are icons of Mexican culture that owe their origins to an etching by Jose Guadalupe Posada.
b. skeleton lady (feminine)
Quiero disfrazarme de Catrina para el día de Muertos.I want to dress up as a skeleton lady for the Day of the Dead.
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catrín
(Centroamérica) (México) toff (familiar); dude (familiar); (EEUU)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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