letra
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letra(
leh
-
trah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (symbol of the alphabet)
a. letter
Este teclado no tiene la letra "ñ".This keyboard doesn't have the letter "ñ."
2. (calligraphy)
a. handwriting
Siempre se ha dicho que los médicos tienen muy mala letra.It's always been said that doctors have really sloppy handwriting.
b. writing
¿Qué dice aquí? No te entiendo la letra.What does it say here? I can't read your writing.
3. (music)
a. words
La cantante escribió la letra y la música de esta canción.The singer wrote the words and the music to this song.
b. lyrics
Primero compuse la música, y luego le añadí la letra.I first composed the music, and then added the lyrics to it.
4. (finance)
a. installment (payment)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Hoy pagué la última letra del televisor.I paid the last installment for the television today.
b. instalment (payment) (United Kingdom)
Todavía nos quedan cuatro letras para acabar de pagarlo.We still have four instalments left to finish paying for it.
c. bill (document)
Fueron tiempos difíciles. Continuamente nos llegaban letras que no podíamos pagar.They were difficult times. We continuously received bills we couldn't pay.
5. (literal interpretation)
a. literal meaning
Ateniéndose a la letra de la ley, el consumo de esta droga es ilegal.Sticking to the literal meaning of the law, the use of this drug is illegal.
letras
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (education)
a. arts
¿Vas a hacer ciencias o letras?Will you study arts or science?
7. (short text)
a. line
Les pondré unas letras agradeciéndoles la invitación.I'll drop them a line thanking them for the invitation.
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letra
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (signo)
a. letter
2. (escritura, caligrafía)
a. handwriting
no entiendo su letraI can't read his writing o handwriting
3. (printing)
a. type, typeface
4. (fig)
a.
leer la letra pequeñato read the small print
5. (fig)
a.
mandar cuatro letras a alguiento drop somebody a line
letra cursivaitalic type, italics
letra de imprentaprint
escriba en letra de imprentaplease write in block capitals
letra itálicaitalic type, italics
letra de moldeprint
letra negritabold (face)
6. (texto de canción)
a. lyrics
7. (commerce)
a.
letra (de cambio)bill of exchange
girar una letrato draw a bill of exchange
protestar una letrato protest a bill
letra avaladaguaranteed bill of exchange
letra de cambio a la vistasight bill
8. (sentido)
a. literal meaning
seguir instrucciones al pie de la letrato follow instructions to the letter
9. (education)
a.
letrasarts
una asignatura de letrasan arts subject
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letra
1 (Tipografía) letter
decir a una mujer las cuatro letras to call a woman a slut
poner unas o dos o cuatro letras a algn to drop sb a line
la letra con sangre entra spare the rod and spoil the child
letra bastardilla letra cursiva italics
plural
; (p)
italic type; (EEUU)
letra de imprenta letra de molde print
escriba su nombre en letras de imprenta o de molde please print your name in block letters
letra gótica Gothic script
letra inicial initial letter
letra mayúscula capital letter
letra menuda small print
letra minúscula small letter
letra muerta dead letter
letra negrilla letra negrita bold type; heavy type
letra pequeña small print
lee siempre la letra pequeña de los contratos
letra redonda roman; roman type; (EEUU)
letras sagradas Scripture
letra versal capital letter
letra versalita small capital
letra voladita superscript (type)
2 (escritura) handwriting; writing
tengo muy mala letra
no le entiendo la letra I can't read his handwriting o writing
despacito y buena letra easy does it
3 (sentido literal) letter; literal meaning
a la letra to the letter; atarse a la letra to stick to the literal meaning
4 (Com) (pago) instalment; installment; (EEUU)
le faltan cinco letras para acabar de pagar el coche she still has five instalments to make on the car; pagar a letra vista to pay on sight
letra abierta letter of credit
letra aceptada accepted letter
letra a la vista sight draft
letra bancaria banker's draft; bank draft
letra de cambio bill (of exchange); draft
letra de crédito letter of credit
letra del Tesoro Treasury bill
letra de patente letters patent
plural
; (p)
5 [de canción] words
plural
; (p)
lyrics
plural
; (p)
6 letras (cultura) letters; learning
singular
; (s)
un hombre de letras a man of letters; primeras letras elementary education; the three Rs
7 letras (Escol) (Univ) (humanidades) arts
mi padre es de letras
voy a hacer dos asignaturas de letras I'm going to study two arts subjects; Filosofía y Letras humanities
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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