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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (vessel)
a. container
Las comidas que se preparan en recipientes de barro ganan en sabor.Food prepared in earthenware containers enjoy enhanced flavors.
b. receptacle
Deposite los desechos de plástico en el recipiente adecuado.Please deposit plastic waste in the appropriate receptacle.
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).
2. (person)
a. recipient
La escritora chilena ha sido la recipiente de numerosos y prestigiosos premios este año.The Chilean writer has been the recipient of numerous and prestigious awards this year.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. container, receptacle
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(persona) recipient
(vaso) container
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