el mantenedor, la mantenedora
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (person who presides a competition)
a. president
El mantenedor dijo que el participante tiene que ser descalificado.The president said the participant must be disqualified.
b. chairperson
El mantenedor del certamen fue acusado de soborno.The chairperson of the contest was accused of bribery.
c. chairman (masculine)
Será un honor ser el mantenedor del concurso de poesía.It will be an honor to be the chairman of the poetry competition.
d. chairwoman (feminine)
La mantenedora pronunció un discurso y dio comienzo al concurso de piano.The chairwoman delivered a speech and inaugurated the piano competition.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (electrical appliance)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
a. freezer
Guardé la carne molida en el mantenedor. La usaré la semana que viene.I put the minced meat in the freezer. I'll use it next week.
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mantenedora mantenedora
(España) [de certamen] chairman/chairwoman; chairperson; president
mantenedor(a) de la familia breadwinner
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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