el salvavidas
-the life jacket
See the entry for salvavidas.


The plural of “salvavidas” is “salvavidas.”
el salvavidas, la salvavidas(
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. (person)
a. lifeguard
En esa playa siempre hay un salvavidas.There's always a lifeguard on that beach.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (nautical)
a. life jacket (jacket)
Ponte el salvavidas antes de subirte a la balsa.Put on your life jacket before you get into the raft.
La aeromoza le estaba enseñando a los pasajeros cómo ponerse el salvavidas en caso de una emergencia.The flight attendant was showing the passengers how to put on their life jacket in case of an emergency.
b. life preserver (ring)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
En cualquier embarcación, es obligatorio tener un salvavidas por pasajero.It is mandatory to have one life preserver per passenger on any boat.
c. life belt (ring) (United Kingdom)
¡Hombre al agua! ¡Arrójenle un salvavidas!Man overboard! Throw him a life belt!
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (life-saving)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Un torpedo impactó el barco pero pudimos subirnos a un bote salvavidas.A torpedo struck the ship but we were able to get into a lifeboat.
No se ahogó gracias a que llevaba chaleco salvavidas.She didn't drown only because she was wearing her life jacket.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
bote salvavidaslifeboat
chaleco salvavidaslifejacket
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (chaleco)
a. lifejacket
3. (flotador)
a. lifebelt
(flotador) lifebelt; life preserver; (EEUU) (chaleco) life jacket;
bote salvavidas lifeboat; cinturón salvavidas lifebelt; life preserver; (EEUU) chaleco salvavidas life jacket
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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