Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the articles "el" and “un” in the singular.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (tool)
a. ax
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El leñador cortó el árbol con un hacha.The lumberjack cut down the tree with an ax.
b. axe (United Kingdom)
No había motosierras, así que tuvieron que usar unas hachas.There were no chainsaws, so they had to use axes.
2. (light)
a. large candle
Montresor prendió el hacha y guió a Fortunato hacia las catacumbas.Montresor lit a large candle and led Fortunato into the catacombs.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(skilled person)
a. ace
Gloria es un hacha con las computadoras.Gloria is a computer ace.
b. whiz
Es un hacha en matemáticas.He's a whiz at math.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. really good
Mi hermana hará el pastel porque es bien hacha para cocinar.My sister will make the cake because she's really good at cooking.
b. brilliant
Tú eres muy hacha para resolver problemas. ¿Me das una mano?You're brilliant at solving problems. Can you give me a hand?
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Mexico
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Este es un barrio peligroso. Tienes que estar hacha todo el tiempo.This is a dangerous neighborhood. You have to be cautious at all time.
Vas a perder tu vuelo si no te pones hacha cuando hacen los anuncios.You will miss your flight if you don't pay attention when they're making the announcements.
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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. ax
2. (fig)
desenterrar el hacha de guerrato sharpen one's sword
3. (colloquial)
ser un hachato be a whiz o an ace
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1 (herramienta) axe; ax; (EEUU) (pequeña) hatchet
desenterrar el hacha de guerra to renew hostilities
enterrar el hacha de guerra to bury the hatchet
hacha de armas battle-axe
dar con el hacha a algn (S. Cone) to tear sb off a strip (familiar)
de hacha (Chile) unexpectedly; without warning
estar con el hacha (S. Cone) to have a hangover (familiar)
de hacha y tiza (S. Cone) tough; virile; brawling
ser un hacha
María es un hacha María is a real star; es un hacha para el fútbol he's brilliant at football; he's a brilliant footballer
1 (vela) large candle
2 (haz de paja) bundle of straw
estar hacha to be ready
ser hacha para la ropa to be hard on one's clothes
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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