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madre
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madre(
mah
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dreh
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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. (relative)
a. mother
Mi madre prepara la comida más rica del mundo.My mother makes the world's most delicious food.
2. (religious title)
a. mother
La madre Gabriela dio una charla sobre el amor verdadero.Mother Gabriela gave a talk about true love.
3. (cradle)
a. mother
Los esfuerzos de los desplazados de la guerra nos demuestran como la necesidad es la madre de la invención.The efforts of those displaced by the war demonstrate how necessity is the mother of invention.
4. (bottom of a river)
a. bed
La madre se hizo más profunda con las fuertes lluvias.The bed was deepened by the heavy rain.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(object)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. thing
¿Cómo se llama esa madre que usas para limpiarte cuando te bañas? - Zacate.What do you call that thing you use to wash yourself when you take a shower? - Loofah.
b. thingy
Oye, pásame esa madre que está en la mesa.Hey, pass me that thingy that's on the table.
madres
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(action)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. stuff
Hicimos un montón de madres para intentar arreglar el carro.We did a whole bunch of stuff to try to fix the car.
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madre
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mujer, hembra)
a. mother
es madre de tres niñosshe's a mother of three
Alicia va a ser madreAlicia's going to have a baby
madre adoptivafoster mother
madre de alquilersurrogate mother
madre biológicanatural mother
la madre patriathe motherland
madre políticamother-in-law
madre solterasingle mother
2. (religion)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
madre superioramother superior
3. (cauce)
a. bed
salirse de madreto burst its banks
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
5. (expresiones)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡madre mía!Jesus!, Christ!
6. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
éramos ciento y la madrethere were hundreds of us there
7. (muy fam)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡la madre que te parió!you bastard!
dar a alguien en la madreto kick somebody's head in
8. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
me vale madreI couldn't give a damn o
9. (fam fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ser la madre del corderoto be at the very root of the problem
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madre
1 (pariente) mother
ser madre to be a mother; futura madre mother-to-be; su señora madre especialmente (México) your mother; sin madre motherless; ¡madre mía! good heavens!
madre adoptiva adoptive mother
madre biológica biological mother
madre de alquiler surrogate mother
madre de Dios Mother of God
¡madre de Dios! good heavens!
madre de familia mother
madre genética biological mother
madre nodriza surrogate mother
Después se implanta este óvulo en el útero de una [madre nodriza,] con la esperanza de que el animal que nazca haya incorporado el material genético exógeno.
la Madre Patria the Mother Country; the Old Country
madre política mother-in-law
madre soltera single mother; unmarried mother
madre trabajadora working mother
2 (Religión) (en convento) mother; (en asilo) matron
madre superiora Mother Superior
3
como su madre lo echó al mundo o lo parió in his birthday suit (familiar); starkers (familiar)
ni madre not a dicky bird (familiar); not a sausage (familiar)
ciento y la madre hundreds of people
ahí está la madre del cordero that's just the trouble; that's the crux of the matter
darle a algn en la madre (México) to wallop sb (familiar); thump sb
mentarle la madre a algn to insult sb violently; (violently)
¡(me cago en) la madre que te parió! fuck off! (vulgar)
no tener madre
él no tiene madre he's a real swine (familiar); esto no tiene madre this is the limit
a toda madre
de la madre (Latinoamérica)
great (familiar); fantastic (familiar)
¡tu madre! up yours! (vulgar); get stuffed! (vulgar)
4 (origen) origin; cradle
Grecia, la madre de las artes la ignorancia es la madre de todos los crímenes
5 [de río] bed
salirse de madre [+río] to burst its banks; [+persona] to lose all self-control; [+proceso] to go beyond its normal limits
sacar de madre a algn to upset sb
6 [de vino] dregs
plural
; (p)
sediment
7 (Agr) (acequia) main channel; main irrigation ditch; (alcantarilla) main sewer
8 (en juegos) home
9 (Anatomía) womb
10 (And) dead skin; scab
11 queer (muy_familiar); fag (muy_familiar); (EEUU)
adjective
1 (de origen)
acequia madre main channel; alcantarilla madre main sewer; buque madre mother ship; lengua madre (Lingüística) parent language
2
color madre dominant colour; la cuestión madre the chief problem; the central problem
3 (Latinoamérica)
una regañada madre a real telling-off (familiar); one hell of a telling-off (muy_familiar)
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