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cuate

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el cuate, la cuata(
kwah
-
teh
)
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
1. (friend)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. buddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hoy no puedo salir contigo; ya tengo plan con mis cuates.I can't go out with you today; I'll hang out with my buddies.
b. pal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Claro que te voy a ayudar, eres mi cuata del alma.Sure I'll help you out, you're my best pal.
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(Australia) (United Kingdom)
Juan se fue a la playa con sus cuates.Juan went to the beach with his mates.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. buddy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Oye, cuate, ¿se puede saber qué te pasa hoy?Hey, buddy. What's wrong with you today?
b. pal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cuata, regresa. Se te olvidó tu celular.Hey, pal, come back. You forgot your cell.
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(Australia) (United Kingdom)
Oye, cuate. ¿Me prestas algo de dinero?Hey, mate. Can you lend me some money?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(person)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. guy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(masculine)
Ese cuate con cara de pocos amigos no me deja de ver.That angry-looking guy is staring at me.
b. girl (feminine)
Esa cuata se me hace conocida. Creo que es la hermana de Pedro.That girl looks familiar. I think she's Pedro's sister.
c. bloke
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(masculine) (United Kingdom)
El cuate que te escribió ese horrible mensaje debería disculparse.That bloke who wrote you that horrible message should apologize.
4. (fraternal twin)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. twin
Mi esposo tiene una cuata, pero se llevan muy mal.My husband has a twin, but they don't get along.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
5. (fraternal twin)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. twin
Mi hermano cuate es rubio y alto, y yo soy moreno y bajo.My twin brother is blond and tall, and I'm dark-haired and short.
6. (nice and trustworthy)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. cool
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Eduardo es cuate, seguro nos hace el paro.Eduardo's cool. I'm sure he'll help us out.
b. okay
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
No te preocupes, Sara es cuata. No va a contarle a nadie nuestro secreto.Don't worry, Sara's okay. She's not going to tell anyone about our secret.
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cuate
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (gemelo)
a. twin
2. (colloquial)
a. pal
b. buddy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
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cuate (Centroamérica) (México)
adjective
twin
1 (gemelo) twin
2 (compadre) mate (familiar); pal (familiar); buddy (familiar); (EEUU)
3 (tipo) guy (familiar)/girl
(escopeta) double-barrelled gun
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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