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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(drinking binge)
a. drunkenness
Con la mona que tenía, no recuerda nada de lo que hizo.Given his drunkenness, he can't remember anything he did.
2. (card games)
a. old maid
Los niños pasaron la tarde jugando a la mona.The kids spent the afternoon playing mona.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. copycat
Está cansada de que su hermana sea su mona.She is tired of her sister being her copycat.
4. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. Easter cake
Probamos una mona deliciosa cuando fuimos a Valencia.We tried a delicious Easter cake when we went to Valencia.
5. (bullfighting)
a. shin guard
El picador no llevaba mona y el toro le lastimó la pierna.The picador wasn't wearing a shin guard and the bull ended up hurting his leg.
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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. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
coger una monato get legless
dormir la monato sleep it off
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1 (Zoología) (hembra) female monkey; (especie) Barbary ape
mandar a algn a freír monas to tell sb where to go (familiar); tell sb to get lost (familiar)
aunque la mona se vista de seda (mona se queda) you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
2 (copión) copycat (familiar)
3 (borrachera)
coger o pillar una mona to get sloshed o plastered (familiar); dormir la mona to sleep it off
mona de Pascua Easter cake
5 (Latinoamérica) (droga) Colombian golden marijuana
andar o estar como la mona (S. Cone) (sin dinero) to be broke (familiar); (desgraciado) to feel terrible
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Phrases with "mona"
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Aunque la mona vista de seda, mona se queda.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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