la peste
-the plague
See the entry for peste.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (illness)
a. plague
La peste tenía un índice de contagio peligroso.The plague had a dangerous rate of infection.
b. epidemic
La peste bubónica era una de las pestes más peligrosas de la historia.The bubonic plague was one of the most dangerous epidemics in history.
2. (illness)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. cold
Tengo una peste horrible y no podré ir a trabajar.I have a horrible cold and I won't be able to go to work.
3. (bad smell)
a. stink
La maestra dice que ya no aguanta la peste de los baños estudiantiles.The teacher says that she can't stand the stink of the student bathrooms.
b. stench
Subimos las ventanillas para no oler la peste de la fábrica de aceite.We rolled up the car windows not to smell the stench of the oil factory.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(annoying person)
a. pest
Deja de molestarme; a nadie le gusta una peste.Stop bothering me; no one likes a pest.
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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. (enfermedad)
a. plague
peste bubónicabubonic plague
la peste negrathe Black Death
2. (colloquial)
a. stink, stench
3. (colloquial)
a. pest
4. (expresiones)
echar pestesto curse, to swear
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1 (Med) plague
una peste de ratones a plague of mice
huir de algo/algn como de la peste to avoid sth/sb like the plague
ser la peste to be a nuisance; be a pain (familiar)
estos chiquillos son la peste
peste aviar fowl pest
peste bubónica bubonic plague
peste negra Black Death
peste porcina swine fever
2 (mal olor) stink; foul smell
¡qué peste hay aquí! there's a real stink in here!
decir o echar pestes de algn to slag sb off (familiar)
siempre anda echando pestes de su jefe she's always slagging off her boss (familiar)
4 (S. Cone) (gen) infectious disease; (viruela) smallpox
5 (And) (resfriado) cold
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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