el penal
-the prison
See the entry for penal.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (law)
a. penal
Tenemos que estudiar el código penal del estado para el examen del viernes.We have to study the state penal code for Friday's exam.
b. criminal
Mi amiga Nicole es especialista en derecho penal.My friend Nicole is a specialist in criminal law.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (jail)
a. prison
El reo tuvo que cumplir cuatro años en el penal de Santa María.The criminal had to serve four years in Santa Maria prison.
b. penitentiary
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Jake escapó del penal con la ayuda de los guardias.Jake escaped from the penitentiary with help from the guards.
3. (sports)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. penalty
¿Viste el penal del partido del domingo?Did you see the penalty in the game on Sunday?
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (deportes)
a. penalty shootout
Como el partido quedó empatado, los equipos tuvieron que ir a penales.As the game was at a tie, the teams had to go to a penalty shootout.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. criminal
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a. prison
1 (prisión) prison; (state) penitentiary; (EEUU)
2 (Latinoamérica) (Dep) (penalty) penalty (kick)
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