la raya
-the line
See the entry for raya.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (stroke)
a. line
Cuando conectas todos los puntos con rayas, aparece la imagen de un conejo.When you draw lines connecting all the dots, a picture of a rabbit appears.
b. stripe
Creo que te queda mejor este vestido con rayas verticales.I think this dress with vertical stripes looks better on you.
2. (hairstyle feature)
a. part
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La raya del cabello la tengo al costado derecho.The part in my hair is on the right side.
b. parting (United Kingdom)
Ya no está muy de moda que los hombres tengan una raya al medio.It's not really in fashion anymore for men to have a centre parting.
3. (clothing feature)
a. crease
¿Quiere que le deje una raya al pantalón cuando lo planche?Do you want me to leave a crease in the pants when I iron them?
4. (punctuation)
a. em dash
Una raya es más larga que un guión, y no se debe confundir con este.An em dash is longer than a dash, and shouldn't be confused with the latter.
b. line
En el español, se usan rayas para presentar diálogo.In Spanish, lines are used to introduce dialogue.
5. (mark)
a. scratch
Alguien le hizo una raya a mi automóvil.Somebody left a scratch on my car.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(dose of drugs)
a. line
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
Usó una tarjeta de crédito para preparar una raya de cocaína.He used a credit card to cut a line of cocaine.
7. (animal)
a. ray
Logramos pescar una raya, pero la echamos de nuevo al mar.We managed to fish a ray, but we threw it back into the sea.
b. skate
Las rayas pertenecen a la misma clase que los tiburones.Skates belong to the same class as sharks.
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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. (línea)
a. line
2. (en tejido)
a. stripe
a rayasstriped
una camisa a o de rayasa striped shirt
3. (del pelo)
a. parting (United Kingdom)
b. part
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
hacerse la rayato part one's hair
se peina con la raya en el medioshe has a center parting, center part
4. (de pantalón)
a. crease
5. (límite)
mantener o tener a raya a alguiento keep somebody in line
pasarse de la rayato overstep the mark
poner a rayato check, to hold back
6. (señal; en disco, pintura)
a. scratch
7. (pez)
a. ray
8. (guión)
a. dash
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1 (línea) line; (en mano) line; (en tela, diseño) stripe
a rayas striped
hacer raya to mark off
mantener a raya a algn to keep sb at bay
pasarse de la raya to overstep the mark; go too far
poner a raya to check; hold back
tener a raya (impedir el avance) to keep off; keep at bay; (controlar) to keep in check; keep under control
raya diplomática (en tejido) pinstripe
La chaqueta larga, de raya diplomática sobre fondo marrón falda beis de raya diplomática blanca
raya en negro black line
raya magnética magnetic stripe
2 (marca) (en una superficie) scratch; mark
3 (en el pelo) parting; part; (EEUU)
hacerse la raya to part one's hair
4 (en el pantalón) crease
5 (Tipografía) line; dash; (Telec) dash
6 (droga) fix (familiar); dose
7 (México) (sueldo) pay; wages
; (p)
(pez) ray; skate
raya manta butterfly ray; California butterfly ray
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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