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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (affectation)
a. affected ways
No sé quién se cree que es. Yo ya estoy harto de sus melindres.I don't know who she thinks she is. I'm fed up with her affected ways.
2. (fussiness)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No te andes por las ramas. Prefiero que me lo digas sin melindres.Stop beating around the bush. I prefer you to tell me bluntly.
El puré tiene grumos. - Déjate de melindres y cómetelo de una vez.The soup is lumpy. - Stop being so finicky and just eat it.
3. (prudery)
a. prudishness
Solo se anda con melindres cuando se trata del comportamiento de los demás, luego ella hace lo que le da la gana.Her prudishness only concerns other people's behavior, then she does whatever she likes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (fried honey cake)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. honey fritter
En la pastelería, compramos unos melindres que son típicos de la región.In the cake shop, we bought some honey fritters that are typical of the region.
Comimos los melindres con café con leche.We ate the honey fritters with coffee with milk.
5. (marzipan pastry)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. iced ring-shaped marzipan pastry
Cuando fuimos a Galicia, comimos unos melindres riquísimos en Ponteareas.When we went to Galicia, we ate some delicious iced ring-shaped marzipan pastries in Ponteareas.
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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. (culinary)
a. fried cake made from honey and sugar
melindresaffected scrupulousness
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1 (bollo) sweet cake; iced bun; (buñuelo) honey fritter
2 melindres (afectación) affected ways; (aprensión) squeamishness
; (s)
(mojigatería) prudery
; (s)
; (s)
déjate de melindres y cómelo don't be so finicky, just eat it; no me vengas con melindres y elige el que más te guste stop humming and hawing and choose the one you like best; gastar melindres
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