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chino

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chino(
chee
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noh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (language)
a. Chinese
Iñaki está tomando clases de chino mandarín porque quiere visitar China.Iñaki is taking Mandarin Chinese classes because he wants to visit China.
2. (culinary)
a. colander
Utilizó un chino para limpiar la lechuga.She used a colander to clean the lettuce.
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. (nationality)
a. Chinese person
La mayoría de los chinos viven en el este del país.The majority of Chinese people live in the east of the country.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
4. (of Chinese origin)
a. Chinese
Hay un nuevo restaurante chino en el centro comercial. ¿Quieres ir?There's a new Chinese restaurant at the mall. Do you want to go?
5. (hair)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. curly
A Diego le dicen "Chino" porque tiene el cabello chino.They call Diego "Curly" because he has curly hair.
6. (porcelain)
a. de china
Nos regalaron una vajilla de china como regalo de boda.They gave us a china dinnerware set as a wedding present.
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chino
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (de china)
a. Chinese
2. (mestizo)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. of mixed race
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
3. (de china)
a. Chinese (man/woman)
4. (fig)
a.
trabajar como un chinoto slave away
5. (mestizo)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. person of mixed race
6. (lengua)
a. Chinese
7. (colloquial)
a.
me suena a chinoI've never heard of it
chinosgame in which each player must guess the number of coins or pebbles in the other's hand
8. (pasapuré)
a. vegetable mill
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chinoa china
adjective
Chinese
barrio chino red-light district
1 (persona) Chinese man/woman
quedar como un chino (S. Cone) to come off badly
trabajar como un chino especialmente (S. Cone) to work like a dog
es trabajo de chinos it's slave labour o labor; (EEUU)
2 (Latinoamérica) (mestizo) mestizo; person of mixed race of Amerindian and European parentage; (of Amerindian and European parentage) (indio) Indian; Amerindian
3 (Latinoamérica) (criado) servant/maid
1 (Lingüística) Chinese
hablar en chino to talk gobbledygook
ni que hablara en chino it was all Greek to me
me suena a chino (idioma) it sounds like double Dutch to me; (tema) it's all Greek to me
2 (Culin) conical strainer
3 (And) (Centroamérica) (cerdo) pig; hog; (EEUU)
4 chinos (México) (rizos) curls
5 (Arg) (Centroamérica) (rabia) anger
le salió el chino he lost his temper; tener un chino to be angry
chino
(Geología) pebble; stone
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