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dulce
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dulce(
dool
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seh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sugary)
a. sweet
El pastel está algo dulce para mí.The cake is a bit too sweet for me.
2. (not salty)
a. fresh
El agua dulce del río se mezcla con el agua del mar en la boca del río.The fresh water from the river mixes with the sea water at the river mouth.
3. (sound)
a. soft
La maestra tiene una voz muy dulce y apropiada para los pequeños.The teacher has a really soft voice which is suited to young children.
b. sweet
Vengan a disfrutar el sonido dulce de la música en vivo hoy a las 8 pm.Come and enjoy the sweet sound of live music at 8 pm today.
4. (not harsh)
a. tender
Con su dulce sonrisa, le hizo saber que todo estaba bien.With her tender smile, she let him know that everything was alright.
b. gentle
Esta enfermera es muy dulce con los ancianos.This nurse is very gentle with the elderly.
c. mild
Nos mudamos a San Clemente por el dulce clima.We moved to San Clemente for the mild weather.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. candy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Llenamos la piñata de dulces.We filled the piñata with candy.
b. piece of candy
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Quieres un dulce?Would you like a piece of candy?
c. sweet (United Kingdom)
Magda le dió un dulce a su sobrino.Madga gave her nephew a sweet.
6. (sugarloaf)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. sugar
Paco, necesito que vayas al mercado a comprar dulce.Paco, I need you to go to the market to buy sugar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (tenderly)
a. softly
La mamá le hablaba dulce al bebé para tranquilizarlo.The mother was speaking softly to her baby to calm him down.
dulces
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (culinary)
a. sweet things
La tía Margarita tiene que reducir su consumo de dulces porque es diabética.Aunt Margarita has to reduce her intake of sweet things because she's diabetic.
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dulce
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sabor)
a. sweet
le gusta todo lo dulceshe loves anything sweet
2. (agua)
a. fresh
3. (persona, carácter)
a. sweet, gentle, mild
4. (mirada, sonrisa)
a. tender
5. (voz, sonido, música)
a. mellow, sweet
6. (recuerdo)
a. sweet
sus años dulceshis golden years
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (caramelo, postre)
a. sweet
8. (pastel)
a. cake, pastry
me encanta el dulceI love sweet things
9. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a nadie le amarga un dulceanything's better than nothing
dulce de membrilloquince jelly
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dulce
adjective
1 [+caramelo, galleta] sweet
este vino está muy dulce this wine is very sweet; no me gusta lo dulce I don't like sweet things; I don't have a very sweet tooth
más dulce que la miel sweeter than honey
2 (suave) [+metal, sonido, voz] soft; [+carácter] gentle; [+clima] mild; [+música] sweet
un instrumento dulce a sweet-sounding instrument; con el acento dulce del país with the soft accent of the region
adverb
softly
habla muy dulce she speaks very softly
1 (caramelo) sweet; candy; (EEUU)
a nadie le amarga un dulce something's better than nothing
dulce de almíbar preserved fruit
dulce de leche (Arg) caramelized condensed milk
dulce de membrillo quince jelly
2 dulces (gen) sweet things; (pasteles) cakes and pastries
Joseba Azcárraga se trajo de Vitoria los dulces para el postre los helados de fruta y vainilla, los dulces caseros a base de chocolate y crema de castañas
le encantan los dulces he loves sweet things
3 (And) (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (azúcar) sugar; brown sugar
4 (And) (paleta) lollipop
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