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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of small width)
a. narrow
Seguimos un pasillo muy estrecho que nos condujo hasta una sala enorme.We went along a very narrow corridor that led us to a huge parlor.
2. (close-fitting)
a. tight
Los vaqueros le quedaban tan estrechos que le costó un montón ponérselos.The jeans were so tight that she had to struggle to fit in them.
3. (intimate)
a. close
Entre ambos hermanos existe una relación muy estrecha.The two brothers have a very close relationship.
4. (puritanical)
a. prudish
No seas estrecha. Estamos en el siglo XXI.Don't be prudish. This is the 21st century.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (geography)
a. strait
El estrecho de Gibraltar une el océano Atlántico con el mar Mediterráneo.The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (no ancho)
a. narrow
2. (ropa)
a. tight
desde que he engordado toda la ropa me está estrechasince I put on weight, all my clothes have been too tight for me
íbamos muy estrechos en el autobúsour bus was packed
estrecho de mirasnarrow-minded
3. (íntimo)
a. close
tengo una estrecha relación con élI have a close relationship with him
4. (rígido)
a. strict
serán sometidos a estrecha vigilanciathey will be kept under close o strict surveillance
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (colloquial)
a. prude
6. (geography)
a. strait
el Estrecho, -a de Gibraltarthe Strait(s) of Gibraltar
el Estrecho, -a de Magallanesthe Strait(s) of Magellan
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estrechoa estrecha
1 (angosto) [+calle, pasillo] narrow; [+zapato, ropa] tight
la falda me va muy estrecha the skirt is very tight on me; es muy estrecho de hombros he's very narrow-shouldered; he's got very narrow shoulders; estábamos muy estrechos en el asiento trasero it was a tight squeeze o we had to squeeze up tight in the back seat
2 [+amistad, relación] close
trabajan en estrecha colaboración con el comité they work in close collaboration with the committee; la sometieron a una estrecha vigilancia they kept her under close supervision o a close watch
3 (sexualmente) prudish; prim
4 (de mentalidad) narrow-minded
estrecho de miras o mente narrow-minded
1 (Geografía) strait; straits
; (p)
estrecho de Gibraltar Strait(s) of Gibraltar
2 (aprieto) predicament
al estrecho by force; under compulsion; poner a algn en el estrecho de hacer algo to put sb in the position of having to do sth
no te hagas la estrecha conmigo don't act the prude with me
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reptil de cuerpo largo y estrecho, que muchas veces es venenoso
reptile with a long and narrow body and is often poisonous
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