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lata
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lata(
lah
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tah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (container)
a. can
Vamos a necesitar tres latas de frijoles para la cena de esta noche.We're going to need three cans of beans for tonight's dinner.
b. tin (United Kingdom)
¿Tienes una lata de sardinas?Do you have a tin of sardines?
2. (metal)
a. tin (raw)
La lata se extrae de Bolivia.Tin is mined in Bolivia.
b. tinplate (processed)
La lata se fabrica en Argentina.Tinplate is manufactured in Argentina.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(bother)
a. pain
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hacer informes de impuestos es una lata.Doing tax reports is a pain.
b. nuisance
El tráfico de la mañana es una lata.Morning traffic is a nuisance.
c. bore
Estudiar es una lata. ¿No puedo seguir jugando un rato más?Studying is a bore. Can't I keep playing a little while longer?
4. (culinary) (Andes)
a. food
La lata que sirvieron en la cafetería sabía asquerosa.The food served in the cafeteria tasted awful.
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lata
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (envase)
a. can
b. tin
2. (de bebidas)
a. can
en latacanned tinned
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. pain
levantarse tan temprano es una latagetting up so early is a real pain
¡qué lata!what a pain!
una lata de libroa dead boring book
dar la lata a alguiento pester somebody
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lata
1 (envase) [de comida] tin; can; [de bebida] can
solo tienen latas de refresco
sardinas en lata tinned sardines; canned sardines; un cuatro latas (coche viejo) an old banger (familiar); (Renault 4L) Renault 4L
2 (metal) tinplate
suena a lata it sounds tinny
3 (And) (comida) food; daily ration
lata petitoria collecting tin for charity; (for charity)
4 (molestia) nuisance; pain (familiar); drag (familiar)
es una lata tener que ... it's a nuisance o pain (familiar) o drag (familiar) having to ...
¡qué lata! ¡vaya (una) lata! what a nuisance! o drag! (familiar) o pain! (familiar)
dar la lata to be a nuisance; be a pain (familiar); dar la lata a algn to pester sb; go on at sb (familiar); dar lata (And) (Centroamérica) (parlotear) to babble on; (And) (insistir) to nag; go on
5 (censura)
dar lata a algn (Caribe) to condemn sb; censure sb
6 (madera) lath
7 (dinero) dough (muy_familiar)
estar en la(s) lata(s)
estar sin latas (And) (Centroamérica)
to be penniless; be broke (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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