Showing results for material. Search instead for materials.
material
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
material(
muh
-
tir
-
i
-
uhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (substance)
a. el material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The box was lined with some sort of metallic material.La caja estaba forrada de algún tipo de material metálico.
2. (cloth)
a. la tela
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I love the material of your skirt. Is it natural silk?Me encanta la tela de tu falda. ¿Es seda natural?
b. el tejido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need an opaque material to make the curtains for the bedroom.Necesito un tejido opaco para hacer las cortinas del dormitorio.
3. (content)
a. el material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You'll have no shortage of material writing a book on that subject.Si piensas escribir un libro sobre ese tema, no te faltará material.
b. la documentación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I went to the library to search for material for my research project.Fui a la biblioteca a buscar documentación para mi proyecto de investigación.
4. (equipment)
a. el material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The builders brought all their materials with them.Los albañiles trajeron sus propios materiales.
5. (person suited to a job)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He is agile, but he is not goalkeeper material.Es ágil, pero no tiene madera de portero.
I was never considered manager material in the company.En la empresa nunca se me consideró como un posible directivo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (physical)
a. material
He started as a scammer, lured by the idea of material gain with no effort.Empezó como estafador, alentado por la idea del beneficio material sin esfuerzo.
7. (relevant)
a. importante
The good salary was a material reason to continue in the company.El buen sueldo era un motivo importante para seguir en la empresa.
b. pertinente
There was no material evidence to prove the author's guilt.No había pruebas pertinentes para probar la culpabilidad del autor.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
material
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in general)
a. el material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
he isn't officer materialno tiene madera de oficial
2. (for book)
a. el documentación f, material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
reading material(material de) lectura f, lecturas fpl
she writes all her own materialella sola compone toda su música
3. (cloth)
a. la tejido m, tela
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
4. (equipment)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
building materialsmaterial de construcción
cleaning materialsproductos de limpieza
writing materialsobjetos de papelería or escritorio
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (physical)
a. material
6. (important)
a. sustancial, relevante
the point is material to my argumentes un punto pertinente para mi razonamiento
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
material [məˈtɪərɪəl]
adjective
1 (physical) [+goods, needs, comforts, benefits, damage] material
to do sth for material gain hacer algo para obtener un beneficio material; material possessions bienes (m) materiales; the material world el mundo físico
2 (important) [+reason] importante; de peso; fundamental
3 (Jur) (relevant) [+fact] pertinente; [+witness] primordial; principal
material evidence pruebas (f) sustanciales; to be material to sth ser pertinente a algo
he was withholding information material to a federal case a quarter or a half per cent off global growth is not material to the world economy
noun
1 (cloth) tela (f); tejido (m)
2 (substance) materia (f); material (m)
natural materials materias (f) naturales; materiales (m) naturales; raw materials materias (f) primas
3 materials (equipment, components) material(es) (m)
plural
; (p)
building materials material(es) (m)
plural
de construcción; (p)
teaching materials material(es) (m)
plural
didácticos; (p)
writing materials artículos (m) de escritorio
4 (information) datos (m); información (f)
they researched a lot of background material for the book recogieron muchos datos or mucha información antes de escribir el libro; she was busy gathering material for her article estaba ocupada recogiendo datos or información para su artículo
5 (potential)
he is university material tiene madera de universitario; he is not management material no tiene madera de jefe
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Showing results for material. Search instead for materials.
material
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
material(
mah
-
teh
-
ryahl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (tangible)
a. physical
El ladrón no ocasionó daños materiales en la vivienda.The thief did not cause any physical damage to the property.
b. material
La policía encontró la prueba material del delito en casa del acusado.The police found the material evidence of the crime in the defendant's house.
2. (value, consequences etc)
a. material
Estaba muy apegada a los bienes materiales hasta que sufrió aquel accidente.She cared a lot about material possessions until she had that road accident.
3. (real)
a. actual
No tengo tiempo material para hacer nada de ejercicio.I have no actual time to do any exercise.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (substance)
a. material
¿De qué material está hecho el escritorio de tu oficina?What material is your office desk made of?
5. (machines, tools etc)
a. equipment
¿Han traído todo el material para hacer el trabajo?Have you brought all the equipment to do the job?
b. materials
Vendemos material de construcción.We sell building materials.
6. (animal skin)
a. leather
Cómprate unos buenos zapatos de material, no esto.Buy yourself a good pair of leather shoes, not this.
7. (building material)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. bricks
Las casas de este pueblo están hechas de material.The houses of this town are made of bricks.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
material
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (físico)
a. physical
2. (daños, consecuencias)
a. material
3. (real)
a. real, actual
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (sustancia)
a. material
material de desechowaste material
5. (instrumentos)
a. equipment
material bélicowar material
materiales de construcciónbuilding materials
material escolarschool materials
material de guerrawar material
material de oficinaoffice stationery
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
material
adjective
1 [+ayuda, valor etc] material
bienestar material material well-being
una época antiheroica, preocupada demasiado del bienestar material
2 (físico) physical
la presencia material de algn sb's physical o bodily presence; dolor material physical pain; daños materiales physical damage; damage to property
3 (real)
la imposibilidad material de ... the physical impossibility of ...; el autor material del hecho the actual perpetrator of the deed; no tengo tiempo material para ir I literally don't have time to go
1 (materia) material
hecho de mal material made of poor-quality material(s); tengo ya material para una novela I've got enough material now for a novel
material de construcción building materials
plural
; (p)
material de desecho waste material
materiales de derribo rubble
singular
; (s)
materiales plásticos plastics
material impreso printed matter
encontraron abundante material impreso en su poder quemaron todo el material impreso que encontraron en la sede del partido
material reciclado recycled material
2 (equipo) equipment
el nuevo material de la fábrica
material bélico material de guerra war material; military equipment
material de envasado packaging materials
plural
; (p)
material de limpieza cleaning materials
plural
; (p)
material de oficina office supplies
plural
; (p)
stationery
material deportivo sports equipment
Los jinetes son conscientes que no utilizan [material deportivo,] sino que tienen un compañero de equipo que es un ser vivo.
material escolar school equipment
materiales didácticos teaching materials
material fotográfico photographic equipment
material informático hardware
material móvil material rodante rolling stock
3 (Tipografía) copy
4 (cuero) leather
5
de material (Latinoamérica) made of bricks; brick-built
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Loading roots
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Loading roots
Phrases with "materials"
Here are the most popular phrases with "materials." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
materials needed
materiales necesarios
Examplesloading
Learn Spanish with Fluencia
Try Fluencia, the new Spanish learning program from SpanishDict.
  • Fun and interactive
  • Highly effective
  • Easy to use
  • Works on any device
Start Learning
Did this page answer your question?