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belén

belén(
beh
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lehn
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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. (religious)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. Nativity scene
Compramos un nuevo conjunto de figuritas para nuestro belén, con camellos y todo.We bought a new set of figurines for our Nativity scene, with camels and everything.
b. crib
En Navidad en mi casa solemos poner un abeto y un belén.In my house, we usually put up a fir tree and a crib at Christmas.
c. crèche
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi familia es atea y por eso no ponemos un belén en Navidad.My family is atheistic, so we don't put up a crèche at Christmas.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(trouble)
a. mess
¿Por qué siempre acabas metido en belenes que no te incumben.Why do you always end up getting into messes that are none of your business?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(chaos)
a. bedlam
El profesor salió un momento de clase y al volver se encontró un belén.The teacher left the classroom for a moment and when he came back, it was bedlam.
Belén
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
4. (city)
a. Bethlehem
El cuadro que había en la iglesia representaba el viaje de María y José hacia Belén.The painting in the church featured Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
5. (name)
a. Belen
Invité a Belén a mi fiesta de cumpleaños, pero no pudo venir.I invited Belen to my birthday party, but she couldn't come.
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belén
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (de navidad)
a. crib, Nativity scene
2. (colloquial)
a. bedlam
3. (embrollo)
a. mess
meterse en belenesto get mixed up in trouble
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belén
1 [de Navidad] nativity scene; crib; crèche; (EEUU)
belén viviente representation of the Nativity by real people
Los niños del "Suárez Somontes" montarán un [belén viviente.] El colegio Santa Teresa obtenía el primer galardón en el apartado de [belenes vivientes.]
2 (confusión) bedlam; (lugar) madhouse
meterse en belenes to get into a mess; get into trouble
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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