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Usage note
"Calzoncillos" and its singular, "calzoncillo," can be used interchangeably in Spanish to refer to a single pair of underpants.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (clothing)
a. underpants
Necesito comprarme dos o tres pares de calzoncillos.I need to buy two or three pairs of underpants.
b. shorts
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mamá, ¿dónde están las medias y los calzoncillos limpios?Mom, where are my clean socks and shorts?
c. pants (United Kingdom)
Se llevan los calzoncillos ajustados y de colores llamativos.Tight and colorful pants are in fashion.
d. boxers
Empaqué siete pares de calzoncillos para una semana de viaje.I packed seven pairs of boxers for one week of travel.
e. boxer shorts
Normalmente duermo en calzoncillos y una camiseta.I usually sleep in boxer shorts and a t-shirt.
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underpants; pants; shorts; (EEUU)
calzoncillos del nueve largo calzoncillos marianos long johns (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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