A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (time)
a. period
Después de la guerra, entraron en una etapa de paz.After the war, they entered a period of peace.
b. stage
La etapa de preparación es fundamental para obtener buenos resultados.The planning stage is crucial for getting good results.
c. phase
He llegado a la etapa de mi vida donde quiero tener hijos.I've reached the phase in my life where I want to have children.
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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. stage
las últimas etapasthe final stages
por etapasin stages
quemar etapasto come on in leaps and bounds, to progress rapidly
está pasando una mala etapahe's going through a bad patch
etapa ciclistastage
1 [de viaje] stage
en pequeñas etapas in easy stages
[hacer] etapa en
quemar etapas to make rapid progress
2 (fase) stage; phase
desarrollo por etapas phased development; development in stages; la segunda etapa del plan the second phase of the plan; una adquisición proyectada por etapas a phased takeover; lo haremos por etapas we'll do it gradually o in stages
3 (Dep) leg; lap
4 (Mil) stopping place
5 [de cohete] stage
cohete de tres etapas 3-stage rocket
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